‘“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.’
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh was certainly brought to mind when lovely Bod of Vale House Kitchen beekeeping - 2spoke to us about bees and honey or was it honey and bees?  For someone who has  been a bee keeper for some 5yrs he seemed so knowledgeable about the subject and amazed me by his ability to answer the variety of challenging questions that the lovely ladies of Bath WI posed.  I’m convinced that he must keep a pile of bee books by his bed, which he devours each night before falling asleep!  Bod showed us some props of the trade, a hive, smoker and his bee suit – very fetching.

Unfortunately, I was so intent on actually listening to what Bod had to say that I neglected my note taking so can not remember all the facts and figures!  Suffice to say:

  • A certain type of honey is not all its cracked up to be
  • Bee keeper Bod, recommends a teaspoon of honey a daybeekeeping - 8
  • If stung by a bee, try and brush the sting off as quickly as possible to reduce the PAIN
  • A bee sting results in pheromones being released by the bee which attracts more bees to sting you – not good
  • Local honey and nettle tea is a good combination to help combat hay fever
  • Oil seed rape  does not produce good honey

and finally….

  • Wild flowers are good for honey bees and Bod specifically recommended ivy for its late flowers

Bod has very kindly offered Bath WI members a favourable rate on courses at Vale House Kitchen.  I know Sally enjoyed the preserve course, but Bod seemed keen to promote his Butchery course.  He obviously saw a side to Bath WI that perhaps we’re not aware of! Whichever course you decide to do, enjoy, and in order to benefit from a discount don’t forget to mention your Bath WI membership when booking.

So, a big thank you to Bod.  His enthusiasm is catching.  He’s hoping to attend the garden party in July, so if you have further questions, just ask!  I just wonder whether Bath WI should consider branching into a Bee Keeping Club alongside, gardening, darts, book and craft club.  Any volunteers?