A rather rainy Sunday morning saw us setting up Saffron Walden Beekeepers entries for the horticultural element of the Countess of Warwick show. This large farm show, held in Little Easton, has a long history and is run by a group of volunteers raising money for the local 5 Parishes churches. As well as a horticultural show, there are various stalls and exhibits, animal demonstrations, craft stalls, classic cars, ploughing competitions etc.
The 5 classes being judged by Mike Barke from Harlow were: Clear honey; Creamed honey; Natural-Set honey; Honey Cake and Candles.
We were pleased with more entries this year than last, with most coming from the Clear Honey and Honey Fruit Cake classes. It was fascinating going around with Mike and watching and learning from his methodical process of judging and eliminating.
The overall standard in all classes was high and Mike was particularly impressed with the quality of honey; which shows that as a division we do seem to know what we’re doing. It is...