Author, science communicator and beekeeper
From starting a beekeeping hobby with just two hives in England, David Cramp progressed to full-time organic beekeeping in Spain and then continued his interest in New Zealand. Now a professional writer, his books on beekeeping have been brilliantly reviewed in the press in the UK and Europe as well as on Amazon.
His insights into Spanish life through beekeeping, small farming and farmhouse renovation in a diary of stories, incidents and photographic illustrations are brought to life in his colourful blog ‘downshift abroad’.
As our house building project progressed, it became rapidly obvious that the general rule of estimating expenditure and then doubling the figure was wrong. By the time we had put the poles up and covered and retiled the roof, and enlarged and roofed the chicken house, we were running at estimate x 4
Every journey I took in Spain had that element of adventure in it and even if I set off with a definite outcome in mind, something usually occurred to knock me off track but also to give me a deepening insight into the country and the mindset of its people.
Starting work on a virtual rebuild of a very old farm house is actually a major thing to do in life especially when you don’t have the cash to pay someone else like a builder to help. Any spare cash was needed to invest in bees and equipment
Building a house in mid winter is not always an easy matter. Southern Spain is portrayed in the travel brochures as a warm and sunny place but this isn’t always reality. That October/November we suffered rain, rain and rain interspersed with nights down to -15C