Productive morning yesterday, using a quad to get the bees home from the hills owing to the very wet ground! Although many of us have woken up with Christmas dreams in tatters, stay strong, love those around you, drink wine, eat After Eights, listen to the Pogues and it will all get better soon! Anything ordered up until midnight tonight will still make it before the big guy comes and the shop is open today 10 until 4pm! Have a great Sunday folks, Honey hugs being sent from HQ!Read More →

A short clip of me feeding our wonderful bees getting them ready for winter! I’ll check but I think they can still drink Sugar Syrup after 6pm tomorrow…!! 🙄 Have a great day folks! ❤️Read More →

Highland Show Weekend 2020 – the ultimate prize giveaway!! You can be part of Team Hoods Honey for the day! To help us through missing the ‘Highland’ we’re offering 4 lucky people the chance to join us for the day! You can hear about our history, see how we make our own beekeeping equipment, watch and help us pour candles, help packaging skin care and even visit the bees at one of our apiaries! You’ll even get to keep one of the candles you pour! We’ve previously auctioned this for charity and they raised £500 for each person. There are two ways to win, andRead More →

Much of our beekeeping has always been guided by Willie Smith of Innerleithen, Scotland’s greatest ever beekeeper and designer of the hive we use today. We keep records (a notebook) of all our hives and still use the form of ‘shorthand’ he created to save on how much you have to write whilst bees are stinging your hands! One of his notebooks from 1961, given to Dad when he died, shows this (See picutre on right). Top right of the note shows the hive was based at his apiary at Elibank and that the Queen was already clipped- if it said “Clipt Qn” that meansRead More →

This was us first ‘siting’ our lovely bees at the Scottish Parliament. This is a critical part of what we do to ensure the bees wellbeing; – Always facing south, so they stay in the arc of the sun as it moves from East to West during the day. – Sheltered from the prevailing West wind. – Never closer than a metre from each other -early social distancing! – Dotted around, rather than in rows, so it’s easier for them to find their hive, rather than them ‘drifting’ to the first or last hive. – Levelled using a spirit level, with a slight ‘run’ forward,Read More →