Okay, we were late in checking the hives. I admit that. But we have no honey crop. And other beekeepers we have spoken to say the same. This is very disappointing and has set back some of our plans. We also found that one of our hives has been destroyed by wasps.
We have in storage, from previous years, the squeezed honeycomb. We need to get our wax extractor into action. Another job for the autumn.
Photo above: David gets ready for the hive inspection, helped by Spotless.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.