Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bee Boles

I've always been fascinated with bees and honey, so was absolutely thrilled to see this antiquated sweetening factory several years ago on a trip to England.  These are bee boles filled with straw structures called skeps circa 1820 to 1840.  Bees were important to gardens for several reasons:

  • They provided a sweetener for ordinary people
  • The bees provided pollination for the garden
  • Beeswax was still an important payment of taxation

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