Honey time

One of our favourite times of year is here — honeymaking. It has been a decent summer for the bees and we should soon have some honey in the shops and on the round. We like to leave it a week or so before jarring — so be patient!

Making hay while the sun shines

The hay is in for 2019. Our meadows are relatively 'natural' — we don't muckspread or spray. The wildflowers are amazing with yellow rattle, birdsfoot trefoil and many others I don't know. This makes a very rich hay which the horses and sheep love. It raises a few quid but the cutting also keeps the grasses in check and allows the wildflowers to flourish. 

That also helps our bees! In addition we move the hens around as they scratch up the ground and open up the sward a little.