Hendon honey

As well as our home hives I’ve been running two more hives in Hendon this season. They are about 4 miles away from where we live, so the bees are exposed to some different flowers to forage on. I have been hoping that is would give us some differently flavoured honey.

Today we went there to check on the hives.

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Everything looked alright in both hives. One of the colonies was very weak when I first took them on in June, but they seem to be gaining in strength all the time which is encouraging.

The second hive has a colony that I took there after doing an artificial swarm earlier in the season. I hadn’t expected to take any honey from them this year as it was a pretty small colony when I moved them. However, they have been doing so well that I was able to take a few capped frames full of honey today.

J and his dad helped us out today and were rewarded with their first taste of honey straight from the hive!

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Back at home we quickly got to work extracting the honey. It has an amazing flavour – almost orangey and quite different to our home honey.

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