2 Holiday homes in south west France

The Beekeepers Apprentice

If you visit Molles you will note a number of hives. Roger was a beekeeping novice when he first moved here, however he has since mastered the art and has passed on his knowledge to friends and family whilst keeping us all in honey. You will see from the blog below how our daughter stepped into the fray when we escaped for a long weekend…

Antonia Cooks

This year I have undertaken the role of a beekeeper’s apprentice as my father has a small apiary at the bottom of one of our fields.  At the start of the year we had three hives which required very little attendance, other than making sure they had enough syrup during the cold winter months.  The fun really started when around April when the decision was made to artificially divide the hives in the hope that this would stop the hive from splitting and then swarming later in the year.  Well… that was the theory…

I spotted the first swarm on the first truly hot day of the year in the middle of May, fortunately my father was in the house when it happened, and with his help and guidance together we caught the swarm in a box – before then re-housing it in a ruchette (little hive).  The following day…

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