Notes from the Field

Beekeeping facts, flowers in bloom and outdoors living.

September is about...

the last of the long summer evenings

From the beekeeper

“Getting ready for apple harvest, bringing in the last of the honey. “

News in Brief

Bees, the outdoors and natural living. There’s more in the archives »

Filberts’ Barn is transformed into a fab exhibition

Filberts' Barn is transformed into a fab exhibition space this weekend as we host an Open Studio event. Bridport Open Studios is a West Dorset-wide event which opens up many local artists' studios to the public. Suzy (who also works here at Filberts and designed our...

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Making a linocut for our new greetings cards

Read how Suzy Moger, local painter and printmaker, designed the new Filberts Lino Print Greetings Card. From initial sketches, to carving the lino, and printing the final piece, here's Suzy's story of how it was made. We decided that a linocut would be a great place...

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In the production barn today

This morning we made a batch of Lemon and Geranium Body Butter. As we are heading into Autumn and the weather cools I find my skin is drier and in need of a little extra care, so I’ve started using a little body butter on my face (when it's still damp) as a soothing...

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Making Muscle Rub

We've been making muscle rub today and one of the essential oils in the recipe is Yarrow (achillea millefolium) which is a gorgeous deep blue colour, because its composition is up to 51% azulene. Richard Mabey in The Complete New Herbal writes: "Its Latin name is...

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Countdown to Michaelmas

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What we’re making in September

by hand, making every week, with 100% natural ingredients

Gift Tins

Lip Balms, especially Luxury

Bumblebee feeding on a snapdragon

 Bees still out feeding when it’s warm

  • Garden flowers – late mallow, sage, abelia 20%
  • In the veg plot & forage strips – marjoram, pot marigold, autumn raspberries 30%
  • In fields and hedges – brambles, balsam, field-grown bee forage – phacelia, buckwheat, clover 50%

nucs (new colonies) set up this month

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