Had quite a bad sting reaction with severe hypotension and hives. Photo doesn’t really do it justice, but probably should have used the EpiPen. Will need to reconsult the allergist as my regime of regular stings doesn’t seem to have produced adequate tolerance.
Despite the name, the self-pollinating varieties of almond that are being developed will still need bees, just less of them. Both male and female flowers are present on the trees so that cross pollination between trees is not required and lower bee density will suffice. Beekeeper redundancy reprieved!
Missed the chance to speak to some beekeepers in Neufchatel on the ride from London to Paris – too tired to stop that night and they weren’t around the next morning. But sampled honey from Mount Ventoux in Provence over the next few days and very good it was too. Light and floral, went particularly well with the croissants.