We have some bad news about our bees. We checked our remaining 3 colonies over the weekend and, as I feared, they were dead. This has badly hit our ability to produce a cash crop with a premium return. We will have to rescue the situation as soon as possible. We have put out a message to beekeeping friends to tell people we are in the market to buy bees in the spring. We have had an offer to crate 4 nucs in June. We have accepted this but will be looking to buywhole hives as well.
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.