No, this isn’t the colour scheme for The Borrower’s Mansion (my soon to be new abode) although it is sparking inspiration. It’s a honey bee pollen chart so beekeepers can see what kind of plants the bees have been visiting based on the colour of pollen they are carrying. It’s pretty fascinating.
I’m looking forward so much to my second meeting with the North London Beekeepers in Highgate on Monday.
I was gripped from the moment introductions started. A short sentence or two to say why people were there. Well one lady had just moved to the area (lucky lady) and wanted to keep bees in her new garden, whilst a young girl was interested because her grandfather had kept bees and thought it would be nice to keep up the family tradition. Another lucky person had a big garden with an empty hive, while the person before her had been given a hive! A gentleman from eastern Europe had kept bees in his own country but now wanted to learn officially – it really was fascinating and I can’t wait to get to know these diverse people with a shared common goal more as the course progresses.
Well readers of my previous blog already know about my promotion of the plight of bees. When it was my turn, I declared that I loved honey but didn’t have a garden so was hoping to meet a beekeeper! Both were met with warm amusement and cheer, with the promise that there would be lots of help needed week 6 onwards and over the summer in the North London hives. Yippeee!
Lesson one – I think I should be able to spot a queen bee now…