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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Bee hives on Greek Island of Naxos

There are 4,000 hives on the island.

Here are just a few.

What I like is the painting on the front.  Bees navigate by sight and so if all 100 hives are identical and close to one another, there can be a lot of "drifting" - that it, bees going back to the wrong hive.

Not sure of the implications, but obviously any disease will spread more rapidly and I think it might encourage robbing.  Perhaps some of my Greek followers can help.

Honey from these hive will be mainly from sage, thyme and other flowers that can survive the semi-arid conditions.  It is wonderfully aromatic - and perfect for adding to Greek yoghurt for breakfast.

Meet me on Saturday at the Corsham Food Festival

I shall be manning the Transcoco Community Bees stand at the Corsham Food Festival

I'm taking orders for honey this year.  Last year I actually had some for sale - OSR honey - but it was to  be the only honey I got last year.