Chris Slade describes the son et lumiere presentation at the abbey of Bon Repos called "Le Pays de Conomor" in Brittany, which takes place during the first two weeks of August.
We have discovered a farm, about 30km from Reminiac, that cultivates 300ha of land totally organically, and within this farmland they place hives and produce the most delicious honey.
This weekend we made our annual pilgrimage (Pooh bear like !!) in search of honey!
Every year we buy 12 jars of the stuff, but this year it was rationed and we could only buy 2 jars.
The farmer’s wife explained that their hives are suffering in the same way as most of the hives in Europe.
The bees are alive but are lacklustre, and just don’t seem to have the energy to work and to produce honey.
There doesn’t seem to be any one explanation for the lethargic bees.
It could be a result of the increased use of pesticides and herbicides, the increased pollution, but a couple of factors I hadn’t realised that could be relevant were the increased number of satellites, and increased mobile phone use. Apparently, bees are very sensitive to air waves.
Another factor which the farmer’s wife thought might be relevant, is that the soil is now ploughed at a different angle.
Sensitive creatures the bees.