keeping bees has been an idea buzzing round my head for years. When I was 8 yrs old and my Gran (actually my mother’s grandmother) died I can remember Mum pounding some pastry or similar in her grief and saying in a distressed voice ‘WHO will tell the bees?’. Mum’s sisters can’t confirm that Gran kept bees but I feel sure she must have done partly from this very clear memory which I can still see and hear in my head and partly because it makes so much sense. Gran had been in service as she married in about 1900; not the cook I think, but she did do some of the cooking. Her father had been a market gardener – he grew things in his country garden though also supplied a large house locally. Bees are so important to those who grow crops and honey would be such a valuable sweetener and even used in home made remedies. I feel sure that a beehive or two would have been as natural as growing herbs.