During my bed bound years I decided to dream about the life I would like to have, feeling that illness was giving me a chance to start anew.
I had always been interested in bees, although respectfully scared of their stings! My husband bought me a beautiful Cedar WBC hive in 2011 which a local beekeeper, Chris Wright, housed with bees and then taught me how to care for them.
Over time, as I regained my mobility, I was able to help more and during my less mobile times I read as much as I could find about bees, their struggle for survival, and learned so much about the similarities between their own health and ours as humans. Diet, Electromagnetic pollution, pesticides and poor immunity were affecting the bees, and many humans too. By treating myself, and then becoming a ‘treatment free’ beekeeper I have learned how to support healthy colonies of bees and by keeping myself healthy, I now can help more people provide safe environments for their own bees, whilst learning about human health and wellbeing too.
My basic principles of beekeeping are:
- Observe as much as possible from the outside of a hive
- Leave enough honey for the bees to feed themselves through a bad Summer, and the following Winter and Spring.
- If bees are in danger of starvation ( through bad weather and small swarms) feed with the best quality organic sugar in syrup or fondant form.
- Use a Bee-gym to help the bees cope with varroa
- Feed with plant based mineral supplement in powder form.
- Plant pesticide free nectar and pollen producing plants
- Ask my friends and neighbours to stop using pesticides
- Love my dandelions!
Here I am making a Skep which is a basket for transporting Bees in!
Paula Carnell Bee Keeper