Gosh I have been busy this weekend, the allotment now has an anti pigeon device so maybe this year we’ll actually have some brassicas rather than a few empty rows and a pile of green bird shit, although enclosing a whole bed in mesh was a right bloody pain in the arse. The hops have … Continue reading Mackerel with rhubarb chutney and spicy wedges
There’s something I’ve been meaning to sort out for a while, the last two summers my workshop has been awash with loose bees because of my shoddy woodwork on the hive entrance . I should have done it last year but what with footgate and a couple of rounds of surgery on my face I … Continue reading Making an entrance
I’ve been at it again. I’ve been off with ‘flu, the proper one, not man’ flu. I had a blank left from making my shaving bowl and I few days where I felt fine as long as didn’t attempt to move too much. So I sat there with a bit of beeswax and started on … Continue reading Bee Ware
Hello again! And I think I can still just about get away with ‘Happy New Year”. I’ve been at it again – stinking out the house with the aroma of burning wax and hot metal. Whilst abluting on New Years day I looked at my Gentleman’s grooming accessories and decided leaving a razor sharp, um, … Continue reading Bowling
Hello there fans! Well this is an odd time of year, I’m pretty sure my bees should be hunkered down for the winter but with outside being a freakish 18C yesterday they’ve been flying. This is not great – yes it gives them a chance to make a cleansing flight ( ie. Have a crap) … Continue reading Frozen! – Ice Cream and Ice Mead
I’ve been a bit slack on posting ( again ) but things are going well – I’ve split my apple juice into two batches – one for straight cider, one for cyser. The first ferment was done after about ten days – taking the S.G. from 1.045 to 1.002. I added a teaspoon of tannin … Continue reading Sham pain anyone?
It’s that time of year again, apples are dropping from the branches. I’ve rummaged in the attic and dragged out the necessary gear, it’s time to fire up the press and get cider making – or in this case cyser as I’ll be adding quite a lot of honey to my apple juice. This is … Continue reading Cyser House Rules