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What’s happened to the Sun?

As it seems I have done all year I’ll start this months rather short blog off with a mention of the weather. The warmth of early July seems to have given way to a rather wet and cool end of the month, it has been the earliest I have known the flow (When nectar is available to the bees) to end and having a look at the forecast I’m not too sure it is too likely to start again this season unfortunately.

We’ve had a busy month this month with some honey packing work for another honey brand earlier on followed by lots of our own jarring because we have been out and about at quite a few markets. It’s been great to see the support for local markets holding steady despite the opening up of other venues and events so I hope one of the good things to come from Covid will be peoples interest in supporting local businesses. I for one am very happy that we will be changing our label supplier from a large national producer to a local label printers in Sutton Coldfield.

As well as our ‘normal’ bee jobs we have just been up to the Peak District to check our heather site! Many of you will have enjoyed our chunk or comb honey which was produced on the moors last year. We are taking more bees this time so we have plenty more to go around! Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and allow the bees to make the most of the Heather.

Competition Alert

If you follow us on Facebook you will already have seen our latest competition but if not there’s still plenty of time to get involved.

Last year lot’s of local families and schools decorated our hives, this year we wanted to do something a bit different so we are running a label design competition, which is available for children up to 12 years old.

Simply design your label using the template linked below and send a scan or photograph to or send it us on Facebook, be sure to include your name!

After the deadline of 28th August 2021 we will create a shortlist of our top 3 and have a competition on social media with the winner getting 3 jars of their honey, we will also do a limited edition run which people will be able to buy from our website and markets.

INTERESTED? Simply use the template in the photo or download it as a PDF at the below link and print it on A4 paper –…/Label%20Competition%20August…

Thank you for reading our brief update and I hope to see you at one of our markets:

The Open Air Country Fair – 7th & 8th August 10am – 3pm
Market Bosworth Farmers Market – 22nd August 9am – 1:30pm

Remember if you have a beekeeping experience voucher we are into the final few weeks for this year and spaces are booking up fast, you can book your slot – Here

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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