Bees are not just useful for making honey
However, on recovery he maintained that the stings had cured his rheumatism so we had to thank the bees not only for their honey but also for his improved health. I was very interested to read about the beekeeping project at saville Road in wednesday’s ET.
My father farmed at English Drove, Thorney, where the road was lined with lime trees. He was aware that lime trees were very popular with bees and maintained four hives.
I remember distinctly, as a child, going with my father to collect a swarm of bees 8 feet high. He took with him a skip, a hoe and some steps.
He climbed the ladder, I had my foot on the bottom step to keep it stable, the branch containing the swarm was given a quick, sharp shake with the hoe and the swarm fell into the skip.
However, the extra weight overturned the skip and the very angry bees covered my father’s head which was swollen with stings for