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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff,
My favourite aspect of the book is that James is fearless in poking fun at himself. At a gangly 6'5, he creates a picture of himself as a clumsy Mr Bean style character, at one point falling down a flight of steps as he leaves his beekeeping classes. On another occasion he attempts to communicate with Polish beekeepers that he is a fellow beekeeper too by running around making buzzing noises and pointing at their honey - "As I walked away, I did turn back for one last look at these moustached Polish beekeepers and they were just looking at each other with a rather strange expression; one then shrugged whilst the other started laughing."
It is quite touching how completely absorbed he becomes in the bees, obsessively reading the nights away (a glass of red wine or whiskey at his side) and driving around trying to find out the local forage in his area. He also develops from being most interested in getting his first pot of honey to being deeply concerned with all the threats his bees and those across the world face. I think all of us beekeepers understand that feeling of wonderment at how much there is to learn, and how amazing these fascinating little creatures are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, Entertaining and a Good Read,
Is this a book that will teach you all you need to know about bee keeping? No, it is certainly not going to do that, but there are many great books out there that do cover in detail the ins and outs of the craft; this is however, a good introduction for the general reader about starting such a hobby, some of the joys and pitfalls that come along and also the plight of the bees in the world today.
It is an easy read and a satisfying one - there is much humour nestled among the pages and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in gardening, bee keeping and nature. Few people realise the plight of the bees and the pollinators, who are being wiped out in droves by the pesticides that are commonly used today in all our countries - and few seem to know that if the pollinators are gone, then so is mankind. If this book encourages even one person to think more about the pollinators in our world, then it will be a job well done. I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing and amusing,
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a best seller could not put it down everyday finish it Sushi,
This review is from: From A to Bee: My First Year as a Beginner Beekeeper (Kindle Edition)I have read a few bee books but this was tops james is done everything that I am doing this year I also started in June iris.faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, enlightening and a pleasant read,
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Read,
This review is from: From A to Bee: My First Year as a Beginner Beekeeper (Kindle Edition)James has described his first year as a bee-keeper in a truly entertaining and inspirational way.
Whilst other books will tell you the theory James' book tells you the truth about bee-keeping from first hand experience. It makes you realise that, if you're going to take up the hobby, it will an amazing, interesting and fulfilling time - with mishaps along the way.
Within the book there are a wide range of references to resources that you will find useful if you do take up the hobby, with a useful list of websites and twitter contacts at the end.
A truly great introduction to bee-keeping and it's really motivated me on to get my own bees!
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading even if you don't plan to actually keep bees yourself.,
5.0 out of 5 stars beekeeping,
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read!,
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book,
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