Today David and I have been on a beekeeping course at Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead. The course is provided by Mark and Kym Pritchard. Their website is: http://www.beekeepingcourses-north.co.uk/Beekeeping-Course-Teachers.html. It's been an interesting and enjoyable day and we are going back tomorrow for the 2nd part of the course.
Our plan is to get bees soon (though probably next year) but we want to learn the ropes before going ahead. Reducing our intake of commercially produced sugar by producing our own honey is a key step towards becoming self-sufficient.
By an amazing coincidence, a swarm of bees was found on the farm this afternoon so we all got kitted up and rushed out to watch it captured and placed in a box to be taken to Northumberland where the Pritchards live and keep their hives.