Don’t worry, bees happy says Neil Bingam of Beaconsfield Wine Cellars
AS I was settling behind my desk yesterday morning I recieved a call to inform me that a swarm of bees was hanging onto a branch in my hedge.
Well, all my helpers were suddenly very busy and so I asked the ‘Swarm’ Lady in the village and apparently it is quite easy to capture 2000 bees put them in a box and transfer them to a hive. All learnt on the telephone! You just have too make sure that the Queen is in the box and her followers stay with her.
£100-worth of equipment later they are all happily making a new home (hive) for themselves.
The product from bees is honey but the product from honey is mead. Mead is an alcoholic drink made basically from honey, water and yeast which is then fermented and is mainly made in the west country.
There are many individual recipes such as different spices or better still with orange or lemon peel.
The alcohol level is between 5 and 8 degrees and the drink is wonderful served chilled.