Notes from the Field

Beekeeping facts, flowers in bloom and outdoors living.

February is about...

Snowdrops, Valentines, Coming out of Winter in good health

From the beekeeper

“Time to extract and clean beeswax for use in our balms and salves”

News in Brief

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

Winter Tea

Time to look after yourself with some 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 grated or sliced...

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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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Winter Skin Protection

In true rural Dorset fashion, we tend to use whatever’s at hand when we need a bit of skin protection. Mark's been applying Natural Beeswax Polish (we call it NBP) to heal his gnarled hands, the result of working our 17th century twin screw cider press.  NBP is...

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Surviving Apple Harvest

We’re about to start in the orchard on the last job of the year.  The bees are all fed and sorted for winter, so we turn our efforts to harvesting the cider apples.  Before we can get going, the barns have to be cleared and cleaned, the harvesting equipment repaired...

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Full Moon








What we’re making and packing this month

Greetings Card with Candle Kit

Muscle Rub

Extracting honey


Bee forage in hedgerows - early willow and blackthorn, white deadnettle, hazel catkins


Winter honeysuckle, viburnum, winter clematis, mahonia, hellebores, snowdrops, daphne, pulmonaria, sarcococca

Bee colonies fed for the winter

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