Beeswax Balm

Beeswax Balm. Great for dry skin. Made with 3 natural ingredients: Beeswax, Grapeseed Oil and Lavender Essential Oil. It has a lavender fragrance. The Net weight is 20g.

Beeswax Sunflower Made With Wantage Beeswax

A Beeswax Sunflower. The beeswax comes from my honeybees in Wantage.

Wantage Honey

A delectably scummy runny honey made by my honeybees who are hived in and around Wantage. Wantage is a market town, lying below the Berkshire Downs and looking over the Vale of the White Horse.


My Happenings Hereabouts

William Woodley – An Introduction

William Woodley (1845 - 1923) was a pioneer in 'Modern Beekeeping', a champion at the show-bench, the owner and operator of Britain's largest bee-farm, was presented to Queen Victoria, an owner of the world's first mass-produced car, and a prolific writer. His commentary of the Isle of Wight disease, a disease which wiped-out ninety per cent of the honeybee population in the British Isles, is his most significant contribution to the world of beekeeping. Woodley's story charts the rise and fall of British beekeeping.

Weather Protection for Straw Skeps

In today's blog I write about weather protection for straw skeps. In 2014 when I visited Chris Park's apiary at Watchfield, I saw this hackle and beneath it was a straw skep with honeybees living in it.

A Skep with a Cap

I and the Vale and Downland Beekeepers Association visited Chris Parks apiary in Watchfield. Chris has done a lot of research into traditional forms of beekeeping. He is best know for making skeps which are straw baskets for keeping bees in.