I was on strike yesterday and Wednesday – well not just me, but the whole union. So instead of doing the day job I went and hung out with a very industrious collective of workers.
Well, not so much hung out with as robbed.
I took some honey from a couple of my hives.
Why yes, the irony of me creaming off a disproportional share of the profits produced solely through the efforts of the workers (although to be fair I do provide and maintain the infrastructure, but they do all the real work) while being on strike in the hope of getting a fairer share of said profits albeit in a different context was not lost on me.
I spun off honey from a few super frames from two hives. I did it early as we have an oilseed rape field across from us and I was worried about crystallization.
It is delicious. A completely different colour and taste from last year’s honey, but lovely nonetheless.
The bits you see in the honey are wax from the comb. I pour the honey through two sieves to remove these.
Luckily I had some help with tasting the honey – two kids from the campsite pronounced it the best honey they had ever tasted and so I obviously encouraged them to taste some more 🙂
I took about 16lbs which is an all-time record for me.
N.B. The bees have their own form of industrial action – if they don’t like the terms and conditions, they swarm and go and live elsewhere.
N.B. I feel I should add that I only take a little bit of honey for myself, I leave most of it for the bees, no really I do ……