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Restocking the Apiary

Our new greenhouse, recently constructed by Ivor
Our new greenhouse, recently constructed by Ivor

The past few years have been difficult in the Apiary. Ivor, the beekeeper at Tyrannell, must restock with a new and healthy population. The weather at the moment is extremely wet and quite cold with a risk that the remaining weeks of winter will be worse. He will wait until the conditions are more clement and take delivery of a nucleus colony.

Meanwhile, the hives are to be relocated: from the lakeside where they were rather too exposed and distant from the House to the potager where not only will they be more at the centre of things but also on hand to pollinate our trees and other flowering crops.


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The Festive Season and Beyond


At Tyrannell we cut a tree from the grounds and bring it in shortly before Christmas. We decorate it on Christmas Eve and it stays in the Hall for the entire twelve days. The youngest child in the House that day hangs the star on the top; Lucy is the Artistic Director and makes sure that the garland is beautiful, all the rooms are decked with holly and that the tree itself is the best yet. Continue reading

Christmas at Tyrannell

Preparations begin early; Stir Up Sunday was some weeks back, but the pace is quickening now as we produce hampers for family and friends. We take pictures as we go; all the preserves are made from home grown or foraged fruit and vegetables – apart from the Seville Oranges; we haven’t succeeded in cultivating these in the wet and cool of Wales!

Hampers for the family
Hampers for the family

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