Has honey been a passion for you since childhood?
I was born in a hive! I met her Majesty the Queen when I was 13 years old, thanks to my Dad, who’s a beekeeper himself. And I’ve loved them ever since. Thomas is a convert who, one summer, succumbed to the charms of the dancing bees. Observant and attentive, he has all the qualities required for this profession!
Do you prefer sugar or honey in your tea?
Honey, of course! My favourite is spring honey, which is mild and sweet, whereas Thomas prefers chestnut honey – it has a more pronounced taste and is very fragrant. A generous spoonful in herbal tea made from local organic plants … you’re sorted!
Do you still get stung sometimes?
I might have a black belt in Tae-queen-do, but I still manage to get stung … only once or twice a season though. What’s important to remember is that a bee only stings if it has good reason to do so. If these humans who buzz around “her house” are a little too invasive! Rest assured, our guests are all dressed in triple-thickness suits that would put Fashion Week to shame…