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
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
We’ve been on holiday and returned rested and ready to work! Well two out of three ain’t bad. We took our summer break on the Isles of Scilly and had a marvelous time. The bees have been left unsupervised doing as bees should do – which is to diligently gather pollen and nectar and not … Continue reading Scilly Season’s Greetings
These long summer evenings are crying out for a cocktail or two. As I have a surplus of limes and a certain amount of Tequila, I think it’s Margarita time. This is a classic cocktail, a balance of sour and sweet neatly masks the outrageous potency of the drink and the lime counts of one … Continue reading The Importance of Rimming – Cocktail Hour