The Windermere Manor • Hotel and Conference Centre • London, Ontario
The Buzz at Windermere Manor
The Bee Village at Windermere
'Catching the buzz'
'A new 'bees'ness for Windermere Manor'
Some Fun Bee Facts
A honey of a treat
Bees Photo Gallery
Winderbeer's Honey Stung Ale
The Bee Village at Windermere
   

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We built our Bee village in April 2010, working with a greatly experienced and licensed apiarist, Rick Huismann. Rick owns and operates Huismann Apiaries, just outside London.
 

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Our Bee village consists of 8 buildings (hives); each hive in the Bee village contains one Queen Bee and approximately 70,000 worker bees.
 

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We expect to collect our first honey harvest from our Bee village in September 2010; the honey will be available for sale, as well as used in our hotel kitchens.
   

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We can’t wait to taste the quality of this first honey harvest – our bees will be dining on a vast array of plant life; this bountiful diet is sure to produce a unique and interesting tasting honey.
   

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As well as our honey tasting great, our bees will be producing a healthier honey, the City of London has a pesticide ban in place. This means our urban bees’ exposure to pesticides and the plants they use to make honey, are greatly reduced compared to their rational country bee cousins.
   

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You are welcome to sit on the bench in front of our Bee village and watch the bees hard at work. Should a bee land on you, she is probably just tired after her long flight, just stay relaxed and she will depart when rested!
   

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Do not approach further than the bench, or from the sides or back of the hives, the bees will become alarmed and sting to defend their hives.
   

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Bees do not like dark coloured clothing (that’s why beekeeper suits are white).
   

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A normal reaction to a bee sting is:
Ouch! with a reddish swelling around the sting area.
Followed, a day or so later, by itchiness in the sting area.
   

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To remove a stinger, do not grab it, as you will push the venom sac at the end of the stinger, causing more venom to be released. It’s better to locate the stinger and gently drag the stinger in the opposite direction, using a credit card or paper. This will greatly reduce the effects of the sting.
   

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If you are allergic to bee stings, you should carry an Epi-Pen with you at all times.

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A honey of a treat
'Well, perhaps honey won't sweeten a bee sting, but it sure does sweeten beer.'

A honey of a treat
View the entire London Free Press article by clicking here.
Catching the buzz
'Visitors to Windermere Manor can see urban bees making the honey that will be used on the menu.'
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A new 'bees'ness for Windermere Manor
'There's been quite the buzz of activity around Windermere Manor these past few weeks - literally.'


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Some Fun Bee Facts
   

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The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
 

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A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles - three times around the globe - to make one pound of honey.
 

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It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee's flight around the world.
   

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Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
   

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Honey bees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen.
   

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Honey bees must consume about 17 - 20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.
   

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Bees maintain a temperature of 92 - 93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest, regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
   

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A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
   

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The queen bee lives for about 2 - 3 years. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength.
   

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The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1 - 2 day period of mating.
   

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The queen may lay 600 - 800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
   
* Worker honey bees live for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer, but up to 6 weeks during the winter.
   
* The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
   
* Honey bees fly at up to 15 miles per hour.
   
* The honey bee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
   
* A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
   
* Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis Mellifera, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.
   
* Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term "honey moon" originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.
   
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For more information on bees, please visit The Canadian Honey Council 's web site...
www.honeycouncil.ca/index.php/saveourbees
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