Bees are not just use­ful for mak­ing honey

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - HArry LEE (aged 94)

some time.

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

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