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From A to bee : my first year as a beginner beekeeper
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Inspired to teach his young son where food comes from, bee enthusiast and blogger Dearsley (The Surrey Beekeeper) decided to take up beekeeping along with his already expanding gardening endeavors on his allotment. Follow the author as he learns about the variety of hives, the vast differences in types of honey, the pros of joining a local beekeeping association, the plight of bees worldwide, and the ends one will go to in pursuit of one jar of golden honey goodness. Entertaining descriptions of the author visiting pubs with his new beekeeping pals, gardening in his allotment, and transporting his beehive in the "boot" of his car add to the book's attraction, and readers will cheer on Dearsley and hope for his success. Although the author's focus is initially on the honey, he learns, as the year progresses, that the health of the bees is more important. VERDICT This adventure in beekeeping will appeal to those with a penchant for all things British and to beginning beekeepers, particularly, and experienced beekeepers, generally.-Lacy S. Wolfe, Ouachita Baptist Univ. Lib., Arkadelphia, AR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
<p>Beekeeping. Oh my what have I done? I am 30 years old, I have been married for three years and am a new father to a fantastic little boy. Surely there are things that I should be doing at this age which do not involve little yellow and black insects that can hurt you if you are remotely clumsy (which at 6 feet 5, I have an amazing ability to be). James Dearsley's wife thought he had lost his mind when he announced his intention to become a beekeeper. But like many interested in the self-sufficient lifestyle, he loved gardening and growing vegetables on his allotment and the old romantic in him had idealistic notions of teaching his little boy where honey came from, so he set himself what seemed a reasonable goal: to get, in a year's time, just one jar of honey.</p>
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