Winnie-the-Pooh and some Bees

Its been quite a while since I added anything to this blog but not because I’ve given up on the bees, life just gets in the way sometimes and as ever I have been very busy down at the apiary looking after all the ladies and through swarm control I am now up to 7 hives this year… intending to combine a few before the autumn and aim to over winter with a maximum of 4, we’ll see how that goes…

Recently my daughter took part in her schools ‘extreme reading challenge’ where children are encouraged to be photographed reading a book in an ‘extreme’ location. Many children take part in the challenge and produce some outstanding photos, we decided to head down to the apiary and use the hives…


Firstly my daughter calmed the bees with a little smoke…


then she introduced Winnie-the-Pooh to some Bees


finally we were ready to take our ‘extreme reading’ photo…


So here it is, what do you think? Was this worth the effort? Reading Winnie-the-Pooh and some Bees to the bees at the apiary. I think most of them enjoyed it but unfortunately one objected to the story and decided to sting her through the suit… this led to a few tears but a quick recovery and a return to the hives was rewarded with some honey filled brace comb which seemed to completely erase any memory of the sting… mind you who doesn’t like fresh honey?


I thought that I would also take the opportunity to get a review on this years honey from an expert (she’s been eating it from the hive since she was a toddler!) and here is what she had to say….

I hope you enjoy sharing my beekeeping journey with me, please feel free to comment or share.

I can also be found at @danieljmarsh on twitter or British Beekeepers page on Facebook if you would like to get in contact.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Great photos and video! And such an appropriate book. Surely a winning entry, especially after braving a sting. The honey looks most delicious.


  2. Posted by Neil & Sammy Page on July 16, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Good morning, Thank you for sharing your beekeeping experiences. Good to see you
    are encouraging the next generation of beekeepers. My son is a regular helper. Please see my facebook group which i have just started call ‘all about skeps’ . Thank you very much.


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