Category: Interviews With Beekeepers

I called my first book Interviews with Beekeepers because that’s exactly what it is. I met some of the world’s most influential beekeepers and recorded their stories. They are the rock stars of the beekeeping world.

Interviews with Beekeepers Cover

Getting Creative

I am no literary academic and don’t know how much of this is true, but it seems that Shakespeare’s life and works were shaped by the plague. This article (go on, click it) suggests that he had a lucky escape as an infant and that several of his […]

With David Kemp in Nottinghamshire

Bee Work in Winter

I had a lovely chat with David Kemp this week on the telephone. He is a talker! It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to hear his stories, and he’s still going strong at 82 years of age. I asked him for the secret to long life and […]

Lake Clearwater, New Zealand

Beautiful World

I am excited that my book is currently with the talented Lucy at Carnegie Publishing. She is working on the design and layout, deciding on page sizes, fonts, illustrations, and so forth. She’s nearly done, and from the sample that I have seen it’s going to be beautiful. […]

Air Conditioning

Hive Ventilation

There are many things in beekeeping which cause furious debate. One part of this, which this demonstrated below, is that different beekeepers deal with different environmental conditions. Here are some extracts from Interviews with Beekeepers on the subject of hive ventilation: Murray McGregor (Perthshire, Scotland) Steve: Another thing […]

Me and Michael Palmer near Lake Champlain

The Voice of Michael Palmer

Sorry about the audio quality on this clip; somebody once asked if I used a potato as a recording device! I don’t, but I actually think my iphone does it better than my portable digital recorder, which is what I used for this. Anyway, I still think it’s […]

Me and Ray Olivarez Oct 2018

The Voice of Ray Olivarez

I met up with a very busy Ray Olivarez of Olivarez Honey Bees last October at his company headquarters in Orland, Northern California. In this audio clip from the interview he talks about his famous Hobby Day which is coming up this weekend, as well as pollination, mite […]

Me and Murray McGregor of Denrosa

The Voice of Murray McGregor

This is the second in a series of posts in which I provide a short audio clip of my interviewee. Today I’m featuring Murray McGregor of Denrosa Apiaries in Perthshire, Scotland. He has over 3,000 colonies and his main honey crop comes from the heather. In this clip […]

David Kemp at Buckfast Abbey in the 1960s

The Voice of David Kemp

Back in the day they used to put honey in cans rather than jars, and the picture shows a very young David Kemp sealing the lids on with the old canning machine. Thanks to Andy Wattam for getting the photo to me. Here is a brief section from […]

Steve Donohoe 2019

Interview with Walrus

Just in case any readers want to know what little ole me thinks, I have answered some of my interview questions: Q: Is there any family history of beekeeping? A: Not that I know of Q: How did you get started? A: I went to evening classes run […]