The Beehive Yourself Podcast: a quiet place for you to escape; a soundscape of calm; something to listen to when dosing in bed; a timeless world beyond the now.
Consider coming on a journey with the Beehive Yourself Podcast. Sometimes I will take you by the hand into the realm of bees. Other times, we can revisit the olden days on the Berkshire Downs. Yet most times, I am likely to poke fun at the craziness that dwells amongst us.
Guide Rails for the Beehive Yourself Podcast
I have no intension for this to be an interview podcast, the mere idea brings me out in hives, so Beehive Yourself and don't ask!
I desire to keep the tentacles of big tech at arms length. So dear listener, you need to play your part. Please use the RSS link for this show and pop it in your feed aggregator app. Visit the 'subscribe' page to find out more.
What Are/Were The Influences For The Show?
KMO's C-Realm podcast is a big influence on this journey into podcasting. In my opinion, the golden episodes of the C-Realm podcasts were between numbers 70 - 300 (approx). Thereafter, KMO ditched the mellow intro music along with collapse-ology sub-theme. Back then, it was such a chilled show; equivalent to sitting around a campfire and being zoned-out. Moreover, this is the feel I wish to create for the Beehive Yourself Podcast.
What Will Be The Frequency Of The Beehive Yourself Podcast?
I liken the Podcast as an offcut of my writing and YouTube endeavours. This is my cunning plan: I have a lightbulb moment and shine said electrical fitting on useful keywords. Thereafter, I make sentences and paragraphs, transform them into a magnificent audio, and use the power of my voice as a soundbed. Subsequently, I go forth into the world and take video footage. I mix everything together, with the aid of a wooden spoon and a large bowl, to create both a video and a podcast.
Therefore, to answer the question, the frequency of this podcast is likely to fall into the category of infrequent.
In conclusion, if you like my big idea for a podcast consider subscribing.
Local Honey Near Me
How can I find local honey near me? I often see this and similar questions posed on community pages and I have several tips to help you track down jars of this golden flowery-wonderfulness. I summarise below:
1. Roadside Local Honey Near Me;
2. Local Shops, Service Stations, Farm shops and Garden Centres;
3. Seek Local Knowledge About Who Sells Local Honey Near Me;
4. Online Honey Shops.
A Shameless Plug
As a shameless plug, I am a beekeeper and I sell my local honey online – please find me at the beehive yourself shop, and if you live near Wantage, I deliver for free. Nonetheless, some of you may wish to buy it even closer to home.
Roadside Local Honey Near Me
One way is to keep your eyes peeled when driving, or walking down your local streets. Many beekeepers have hives in their back garden and display signs near the highway with words such as ‘local honey’, ‘honey for sale’ or ‘honey – buy me here’. However, this form of retail entails knocking on the apiarist’s door; rest assured that whilst bees can sting, beekeepers usually don’t.
That being said, some honey-sellers have a self-service setup, where the honey resides in the porch and you pay by using the honesty box. So, don’t forget to bring cash with you.
Local Shops, Service Stations, Farm Shops and Garden Centres
Everyone needs to take their cut, so more often than not local shops can be an expensive option. This is particularly true of farm shops and garden centres. Some of these vendors are quite unscrupulous and screw both the poor beekeeper and the consumer on price.
One example of a farm shop near me is Saddleback and they sell a range of local honey.
Seeking Local Knowledge About Who Sells Honey Near Me
Another way to find these hive products would be to contact your local beekeepers’ association. They can be found by using your favourite online search engine. Once found, their webpage should provide a means to contact. Alternatively, check out the British Bee-keepers Association’s website to find a local organisation.
However, more often than not the person responsible for communicating with the public has probably been press-ganged into the role. This means that the volunteer is either an inept administrator, a misanthropic dragon or maybe both. Consequently, if you get a response at all you are doing well, and if you get a useful answer in your quest for finding local honey near you [me], then kudos to you!
A better way to find bee-juice would be to use social media. More specifically, join a local community group. One Facebook group I frequent is the ‘Wantage and Grove Community’ and members have actually asked the query (see banner image above).
Where can I get local honey please?
They got some great answers. So, give it a go!
Online Honey Shops
Some beekeepers, like myself, have online shops (beehiveyourself.co.uk/shop). To find one near you, go to your favourite search engine (for instance google). Then, type in the name of the place where you live, or the nearby town, followed by the word ‘honey’. Often beemen, like yours truly,
The reason for doing this small body of research is my hope that I will change your perspective. Naturally, when we traverse the Ridgeway we enjoy the landscape, with its large skies and breathtaking views. However, if we look closely at the overgrown no man’s land hugging each side of the Ridgeway path, we might just discover the busy lives of bees and the beautiful flowers they forage upon. This theatre of the tiny is just as awe inspiring as the grand vistas we see on the horizon.
This podcast reviews the bees I encountered along the Ridgeway during the summer of 2022. I visited the following sections of the Ridgeway: Middlehill Down which is south of Wantage; Bury Down near West Ilsley; White Horse Hill south of Uffington.
I walked along these parts of the Ridgeway, with a camera and tripod, and recorded the bees I encountered. At home, I cross-referenced the footage with a guidebook: ‘Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland’.
First Attempt To Find Ridgeway Bees – Middlehill Down, near Wantage.
The Ridgeway at Middlehill Down intersects the B4494 road on a right-angled bend. Here I can recount numerous times seeing a prostrate cyclist with his crumpled bike or glimpsing the chassis of an upturned car in a field further up the hill. Parking is provided either side of the highway and this would be my starting point. Look left and right, and left again when crossing; this is the road where crazy people drive.
It was the fifth of June, having rained earlier in the afternoon the verges along the path were green and lush. The previous precipitation had probably suppressed the activity of Ridgeway insects, yet I heard the reassuring hum of humble-bees. With bumblebees congregating on the flowering thistles, I waded clumsily through nettles and brambles. I later identified them as large garden bumblebees (bombus ruderatus), with their lovely orangey-yellow stripes around the thorax.
After spending a pleasant hour with these creatures, and with no other bee species being spotted, I called it a day.
Visit to Bury Down (near West Ilsley).
I visited Bury Down, near West Ilsley, on the fourteenth of June. This section of the Ridgeway is served with two car parks and interpretation boards. In addition, it overlooks the A34 dual carriageway and the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. The views here are stunning, and it is a great spot for a picnic.
I followed the Ridgeway in a north-westerly direction in the hope of finding bees. Having walked a short distance from the carpark, a notice caught my eye. ‘Please keep off the verges, thanks’, it directed. On closer inspection the Department of Biology, from Oxford University, were doing a study to find out what can be done to bring more ‘native plants, insects and other wildlife to the area’. I concluded that perhaps all was not well with the wild native plants and creatures. As chance would have it, I observed something which perhaps got to the crux of what was going wrong with the environment in this area.
The Crop Sprayer
You could hear this machine a mile off. A winged yet non-levitating vehicle, spewing a fine mist over the oil seed rape. I am sure farmers would say this is a safe practice and doesn’t harm nature. Like they said a few years ago with neonicotinoids, or like what their grandfathers said with DDT, or like what their great grandfathers said with lead arsenate. So what makes them right this time?