The Importance of Beekeeping

Beekeeping is an important part of our life here in the country. Without bees our crops of sunflowers, maize and wheat would not be fertilized and our agricultural production would cease. Honey bees love the garden at Le Marronnier Rose. It is rich in plants and trees which attract and feed the bees. In addition to the trees and the crops already mentioned, we have buddleias, ivy,  roses, hibiscus, honeysuckle and lavender, and for fruit trees, we have cherry, apple, quince and mulberry.

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Beekeeping Holidays Daisy

Honey Bee on a Daisy

We currently have four hives on the other side of the lane, at a safe distance from the residential buildings. They are set up so that the bees take off and land over the nextdoor field. This field is sometimes planted with sunflowers and sometimes with maize.

Your Beekeeping Duties

During our stay with us, you take care of one hive with a beekeeping partner. You check your hive for disease, for dead bees, to see if the bees need a new tray to fill with honey, to make sure they are not too hot (the summers can be fierce here) and, last but not least, to make sure the hive is not being attacked by hornets.

Relaxation

When not attending to the bees you enjoy the garden and its many insect visitors, the walks around the property and three afternoon trips a week. Trips are usually taken on alternate days to give you a chance to laze about in between.

 

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”
― Henry David Thoreau
The bee is domesticated but not tamed.”
― William Longgood

 

A Beekeeping week can be combined with a French Lifestyle week for a longer holiday, should you so wish. Check out dates and prices.

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