Notes from the Field

Beekeeping facts, flowers in bloom and outdoors living.

May is about...

Planting your Sunflower Seeds. First signs of summer, Bank Holidays and warmer days.

From the beekeeper

“Rearing new queen bees. Bees are pollinating apple blossom, and we’re starting to think about honey extraction.”

News in Brief

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

Natural beeswax balms made in Dorset

Our balms, salves and butters are free from water and do not contain synthetic colourings or fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens, phthalates or mineral oils. They are concentrated, nourishing oil-based blends.

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Beeswax food wraps

When it's cold outside, we like to spend a bit of time indoors experimenting with new products. Suzy has trialled and adapted our new kits for making beeswax food wraps. We've put together some clear instructions and you can make 3 wraps from each kit.  NEW Food Wrap...

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Lemon and Ginger in tea and lip balm

Time to look after yourself with some Lemon and ginger winter Tea - best made in a teapot, but if you haven't one to hand, make it in a jug covered with a small plate to keep the tea warm while it brews. Warm the pot or jug first, then add the Juice of one lemon, some...

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Athelhampton House Christmas Fair

Getting ready for the Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair.  We have Dorset honey, beeswax candles, gifts for gardeners, "thank you" gifts for teachers, craft kits.  Beeswax balms and salves to protect against the winter weather ... come and join us.

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Full Moon








What we’re making and packing this month

Beeswax balms, salves and butters

Handrolled beeswax candles

Extracting honey


Bee forage in the wild - may blossom, fruit trees, white deadnettle, pink campion bluebells and dandelion


rosemary, comfrey, paeonies, phacelia, borage, chives

Bee colonies to inspect

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