Had my first taste of Northfield honey the other day. I had put the crown board back over the brood box, but upside down. Almost immediately the bees filled the gap with freshly made honey comb and filled it with honey. My colonies are building still so all the comb and honey they are busy making is for their own use. This little run of comb, though, barely 1 cm high had to be removed and what a treat for this bumbling beekeeper. Needless to say it was the best honey I have ever tasted. Well, I would say that, would I not?
So much of what we do is requiring greater levels of self-reliance. Farmers, more than ever, are ignoring weather forecasts and making their own judgements on when to mow reap and sow. Beekeeping is at a record high, allotments have massive waiting lists and garden centres are selling out of chickens!
The austerity budget has come and gone, and perhaps among the many changes it heralds is even more emphasis on self-reliance. This is so much more than merely a rise in DIY. It will, hopefully, mean more holidays spent exploring our own countries. It may mean that going out to a mediocre pub or restaurant is dropped in favour of cooking more at home and demanding more from eating and drinking out. Maybe it will see more community led ventures.
All that is so very positive, but there will be a great deal of suffering and an accompanying sense of intense resentment. For all the greater, long term good, it remains the fact that the hardship has been created by a relatively small number of people, all around the world, who have risen to such dizzying heights in the worlds of banking, consultancy and politics that they lost sight of everyday reality.
One of the greatest examples of self-reliance is the network of Air Ambulances, all entirely privately funded. As such there is, hopefully, no scope for them to be directly hit by these cutbacks. They will need support as much as ever though.
Northfield’s 2nd Classic Car Meet will be 11th July. Our last one, in May, raised nearly £300 for the DLRAA and was a great success. We hope to host a meet of some kind every month and continue to use them as a way to support the Air Ambulance. Our August event will be Friday 6th August from
16-00hrs. I used to think it was obscene that there is no state funding for Air Ambulances, maybe now, looking at the cuts ahead it was a blessing in disguise.
We will be out and about at so many events this month. Please see our website for details.
Sunday July 11th The Northfield Classic car meet