Category Archives: Uncategorized

Wartime honey biscuits; an austerity treat

Beekeeping in Britain peaked during the sugar rationing of the 1940s until there were one million hives in the UK, with their honey spread among a much smaller population than the 250 000 hives in existence today.  The reasons are obvious … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Regents Park Honey

What do you know about Regents Park?  For me it is Open Air Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning walking her dog.  It’s the zoo and herbaceous borders; it’s a huge gothic drinking fountain and a rose garden to hear secrets … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fruit and ginger juice with bee pollen and manuka honey

Today I’m back in London.  I lived here for 11 years and yet it’s only now, coming back from abroad, that I appreciate this city.  It’s only now that I relish how we can drink water from the tap; only now … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Honey, I made some pancakes

It’s been 19 years!  On this day in 1992 I met a guy and he walked me home and he kissed me and he…re we are. To celebrate, today I bought him a heart-shaped pancake maker.  To celebrate, he made … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sunday sunflower sun honey

If you could taste sunshine, what would it taste like? Yellow things – lemon and butter and pineapple – and green things: cut grass, new figs.  That’s what sunflower honey tastes of. It’s the colour of sunshine too – a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Honey from the beepeekers in Seattle

My friend has been enthusiastically telling me about ‘post-crossing’ – a vast international community who send postcards to each other from around the world. I think I’ve just become a ‘honey-crosser.’ Three years ago, when was starting writing my book, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Greek pine tree honey

They say that it’s hard to leave Greece because your feet get stuck in its honey. I do love Greece, and I do love its honey. I also love living somewhere that’s close enough to let you drive to Greece … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

The best honey to spread on a croissant?

What’s the best honey to have with a croissant?  It’s the kind of thing you can find time to ponder on a Sunday morning. I live in the Peyton Place (yes, named after the US soap opera during Yugoslavia’s age … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Dandelion honey

Dandelions are also known as piss-a-beds. I have no idea what the chemical or folklore connection might be, but when I lifted the lid on my pot of dandelion honey I got a powerful whiff of ammonia. It’s not an … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Ivy honey from the Lizard Peninsula

From Cornwall, my spiritual home, I heard about ivy honey. It’s an intriguing idea, and sounds like it should be an ingredient in a spell, or indeed that it is the result of witchery; the magicking of the dark toxins … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments