If you go down to West London today,
You’re sure of a big surprise,
A lovely lady who’s charming and funny,
A large garden with hens, bees, and a shedload of honey!
The BEARs had gathered. Gathered at Hen Corner. Scratching heads, confused by the tranquil setting. Honey biscuits and coffee for breakfast? Not a normal weekday that’s for sure.
Why were we here?
Simple. Today was a chance to break away from our screens and the familiar four walls we’ve become accustomed to. A chance to down tools (tablet, mouse, notepad) and pick up something new (hammer, nails, smock). A chance to reset. A chance to pause.
Today we were tasked with making a batch of honey.
Excited and enthused after the briefing, we split into three groups, each manning a different station, each playing a part in the important beekeeping sequence. A sequence which takes honey from hive to jar. The start point is to create a robust frame fit for a queen, then to inspect the wellbeing of the hive, and finally to extract the honey and filter the liquid gold into jars. A new skill was mastered, an understanding of bees broadened (a beautiful and incredibly intelligent creature), and our appetite and thirst for honey increased… time for a tasting, surely!
It was at this point that we could reflect on the day and appreciate a new sense of creativity: although the process is strict and systematic – ensuring the product quality is consistently high – the end result is always different. The process doesn’t define the taste or outcome, rather it’s external elements such as the season, the abundance of certain flowers, health of the hive and the team manning it. This combination allows us to create something unique, something organic and new. And that couldn’t have been more apparent than when we tried all the different types of honey Hen Corner had to offer.
Naturally we couldn’t help but feel the BEARs’ batch was the best.
Interested in experiencing this for yourself?
We’d highly recommend contacting Sara at Hen Corner