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Ah, imagine a simple life in Provence free of TV, smart phones and all the complications of a crazy lifestyle. While living in Provence, we met Julie and Charles who live on a farm surrounded by local produce. They are pretty much self sufficient sharing their harvests with locals who share a similar way of life.

After donning a protective suit, Charles and I inspected their bee hives. Charles smoked the bees to calm them to make it much safer to view the frames.

Charles harvests the honey by by collecting the honeycomb frames then scraping off the wax cap the bees make to seal the honey in each cell. The frames are then put in an extractor and spun so the honey is forced out of the comb. Gravity does it’s thing and the honey is collected at the bottom.

The honey is then bottled and labelled, Julie sells their honey at the local market.

Have you noticed there are less bees buzzing around these days? Things are changing in natures deleicate eco system. Honey bees are vital for human life as they are a major pollinator of our crops. No bees, no cross pollinating, no crops we eat. It’s essential we look after the environment so honey bees can survive.