Revelations aplenty this lunchtime as @timothychargehoney generously showed me round the apiary hidden away on our beloved patch - the Tottenham Marshes.
My favourite new secret knowledge was the observation that almost every single Comfrey flower across the whole vast area has had these handy little nectar holes nibbled into it by some unknown critter, which enables the honey bees and short tongued bumblebees to access the otherwise unreachable treasures of these beautiful, if frankly POORLY DESIGNED drooping bell flowers.
It was also fascinating to hear how important a role the Bloomington of the much maligned invasive species Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed played in the bees nectar runs.
For someone like me whose interest in ecology and foraging has always been driven by a sense of overwhelming place attachment and a desire to know my patch from as many different perspectives as humanly possible, and non-humanly possible, the work of bees, almost literally concentrating the very essence of a place into nourishing honey, it's off the scale!
I always imagined one day I'll become a pigeon fancier, and learn to live vicariously through the flights of my pigeons over my patch, but maybe I'm gonna have to teach them to make honey while they're out enjoying themselves.
I'll be @e17villagemarket in Walthamstow on Saturday and Forty Hall Farmers Market on Sunday @fortyhallfarm
Should be the last chance to buy Tottenham Marshes Spring Honey before I finally run out.
Neri @downhillsparkcafen17 has very kindly volunteered to sell some TM Summer Honey at her Winter Festival as I can't be in two places at once, so pop along if you can to check it out.#tottenhammarsheshoney
#warliesparkhoney #bees#naturalsugar#naturalfood#honeybees#londonhoney#fhfmarket #e17villagemarket#downhillsparkcafen17 #food#keepitlocalwalthamabbey