Bees close up.One of St Columba's colonies of bees. A perfect example of a gift economy.

The Bees

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

WB Yeats – The Lake of Innisfree

We have a soft spot for our bees. We love them and take great inspiration from their wonderful organisation, industry and relentless pursuit of the sweetness in life. God bless our bees. Below are a series of short videos taken by Greg, who found himself caught up in the middle of a swarm arriving to populate one of the hives recently prepared for the farmstead. Build it and they will come.

Honey from the Buckfast Colony 2019. Yummy sweetness.