Local Ringwood Honey - Harvest Notes 2015
Local Ringwood Honey 2015 Harvest Notes
2015, my first year as a bee keeper. Not much honey was extracted - 15 lbs. But the first crop of lovely dark floral honey was delicious. Between family and friends it didn't last long!
I spent the winter months learning about bees and going on the British Beekeepers Beginners course for 8 weeks and spending most Saturdays down at the association apiary learning about how to look after them.
The bees were pretty active in the spring. Bringing in a lot of stores and enjoyaing the warmer weather.
The bees arrived and settled in to their new home. The bees are a Buckfast strain, originally bred by Karl Kehrle, better known as Brother Adams from the Buckfast Abbey in Devon. They lie in a sunny corner of the garden.
The bees foraged on the many local wild flowers and cultivated blooms and really like the yucca when it blooms in June.
Honey's Honey branding
Along with keeping bees I'm also interested in building up a small honey brand. The griffin on the logo is a copy of a from a family badge as part of our coat of arms. I'm lucky enough to work in a marketing agency and one of the designers was kind enough to to produce the logo.
And after a few bits of creative tinkering the first logo and label was designed!