My brother’s wife keeps bees.
They live in a lovely part of England, within sight of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. Their cottage is on the side of Paradise Hill, and it’s from this that she has named her honey.
Years ago, I did a lot of pyrography, burning designs into wood using a super-heated wire tool. My hands are a bit too stiff these days for the long hours of fine work needed; I can still do it, but it takes f o r e v e r to get a design finished. One of my favourite designs was of a bee on a flower, and I made several wooden spoons decorated with it for various friends and customers. When my SIL needed some labels for her honey and I was asked if I’d come up with something for them, I used a photo of one of the spoons as a starting point and cropped it until only the bee and the heart of the flower showed.
After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, this is what we’ve arrived at. She doesn’t sell the honey, so the labels don’t need lots of legal detail. And my brother can print them out easily on his home printer using commercial labels. When they were done, he started to think about other applications. Maybe a mug, or a mouse mat? He finally decided on an apron, because the logo could be nice and large, and even a Bee Lady needs occasional protection from too much honey.
She’s talking about elderflower cordial, lemon verbena cordial… I’ve offered my services should they be needed. There’s plenty of potential on Paradise Hill; my brother has planted an extensive food orchard of a wide variety of fruit and nut trees, so I’m interested to see where it all takes them. I may have to pick up my pyrography pen again to produce appropriate illustrations.
I wonder what The Bee Lady will come up with next?