Fellow beekeeper Steven McNair visits Olly’s Farm

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Fellow beekeeper Steven McNair from Illinois in the US visited Olly’s Farm recently. Stephen keeps bees and produces beautiful honey in a few bee yards in Illinois. He also runs a charity Salem4Youth where himself and his wife use beekeeping to help young men that are going through a rough time. Its always fascinating to talk and learn how other people do things. As a beekeeper you never ever know everything. Its a craft that takes a lifetime to master, so meeting others is always a pleasure.

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Honey wins Gold at Blás na hEireann

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Still can’t believe my heather honey wins gold at Blás na hEireann 2017.

Back in March I entered two of my raw Irish honey into the Blás na hEireann Irish Food Awards. My heather honey off the Dublin Mountains and my Glenasmole Softset from the bees here on the farm.

Here is how the heather honey is prepared Preparing Heather Honey

It wasn’t until I was about to give a talk on bees, beekeeping and honey from a smallholders perspective. After being invited to attend the smallholders gathering at Taste of Cavan. I was literally being given the mic when I got the email telling me that both my honeys had made it through to the final seven. It took several attempts reading that email to make sure what I was reading was true.

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Heather honey winning Gold at Blás na hEireann 2017

Still can’t believe my heather honey winning gold at Blás na hEireann 2017.

Back in March I entered two of my honeys into the Blás na hEireann Irish Food Awards. My heather honey off the Dublin Mountains and my Glenasmole Softset from the bees here on the farm.

It wasn’t until I was about to give a talk on bees, beekeeping and honey from a smallholders perspective. I was at the smallholders gathering at Taste of Cavan that I received an email. I was literally being given the mic when I got the email telling me that both my honeys had made it through to the final seven. That email was read about 20 times to make sure what I was reading was true.

Now I had to start preparing for making a trip down to Dingle at the end of September to the finals Continue reading

Christmas week and the bees in Dalkey are busy

Its hard to believe its Christmas week and the shortest day of the year and it was 14 degrees today in Dalkey. The bees were pretty busy, not as busy as last week but still plenty of them out collecting nectar and pollen.

The Coronilla in Dalkey is in full flower since the end of November and should flower right through until the start of the summer. I’ve discovered that its a great plant for the bees, offering an abundance of pollen and nectar through-out the winter and spring. The pollen is a light yellow color and you can see the pollen baskets on the bees packed with it. Continue reading