Category Archives: Bee-line

About bees and bee-keeping

Where the Bee Stings

Bee stings … an occupational hazard for beekeepers. The price paid for hosting hives and stealing their honey. I score about three hits per season, and they are generally deserved from carelessly zipping my beesuit. But honey bee stings don’t … Continue reading

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Two Beekeepers in the New Zealand Bush

Honey is almost emblematic of New Zealand, like surf beaches, kiwis and hobbits, and Winnie the Pooh would drool thinking about it.  I leaped at the chance to spend a day with a professional beekeeper whose hives are in the bush for … Continue reading

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Is there Manuka Honey for Tea?

When Captain James Cook anchored in New Zealand after a long voyage across the Pacific Ocean he was probably dying for a cup-of-tea. It was already a popular drink in England by the 18th Century when he sailed from Whitby, … Continue reading

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Caffeine gives Bees a Buzz

Writers, as well as lots of other folk, believe they need to be caffeinated to discover their creative side and help burn the midnight oil. The downside of drinking coffee and other caffeine-rich drinks is physical dependence, with withdrawal symptoms … Continue reading

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Bee-line from Virginia

Question: When is a beehive hairy? Answer: When it grows a beard. A poor joke but it helps to kick-start a post about heating and air-conditioning. For most of the year, worker bees struggle to maintain the brood chamber in … Continue reading

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