After the trauma of the last few months it’s been good to get away. My main criterion for places to stay is a lack of people, street lights and phone signal, though I insist on running water, some form of heating, a kitchen and walls not made of canvas. We’ve been off to a tiny … Continue reading Ryme and Reason
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
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
Well hey! Back off holiday and the first job ( before even unpacking) is to check the hives. Good news on the allotment – there are eggs and capped brood which means the bees have at last managed to rear a queen. They’re not out of trouble yet – they’re going to need a lot … Continue reading Extraction day
Hello everyone, isn’t it nice to have a bit of good weather for once? Summer is here, kind of, and after weeks of merely checking on them, I’ve been forced to do some actual beekeeping. The allotment bees are still in trouble, with the benefit of Captain Hindsight I shouldn’t have removed the Queen with … Continue reading The Demon hive – Demaree