Blkthorn Blossom & log pile

Hallo, we mentioned the orchard project last week & alongside that we’re creating lots of quirky features for our young visitors. Examples are the brand new ‘Tinker’s Dell’, a clearing in our nature reserve which is shaded with a lovely sail cloth & furnished with wooden toadstool seats – it will be used as a story telling space. Our teapot trail will also invite children to identify various wild meadow plants – growing in assorted teapots along a trail. We will be doing tours of the nature reserve on Bee Shack Days from April 2012 & we can host a number of visits from primary schools subject to prebooking.

Birdlife has been very lively – we’ve spotted pied wagtails, gold crests, tonnes of sparrows & finches all stocking up on the hedgerow berries before the frosts really start to kick in. We find old pheasant feeders are good hung up in the old apple trees. They make for very popular feeding stations.

We also have a growing band of doves making their home in one of the old barns – it’s magical seeing them against a clear blue sky of a frosty morning. A couple of pigeons also hang out with them – we should get some interesting chicks next Spring-

Pretty Gift Wrap

Lottie & Sally are busy getting ready for the Christmas mail order orders. They’re tweaking our already quirky & pretty packaging. So soon we’ll have bespoke Honeybuns mail bags & outer boxes to go with our pretty tissue paper & ribbon. We’re also working on a new mini eco-printed mail order brochure. We’ll be offering some new, exciting lines in the New Year. All to be revealed soon.

We remain busy in the test kitchen. We’re currently working on a gluten free scone – it’s utterly delicious & we’ll be able to reveal more in the New Year.

Hopefully we may see some of you at the next Bee Shack on Saturday, 5th November. There’ll be lots of samples to try & if the weather is kind our beloved  fluffy pink parasols will be out in the front garden.

Have a great weekend, Em x