Welcome to my website which I hope you will enjoy reading. The site tells you something about me and also offers an introduction to my books and my blog about my experiences with my family as a beekeeper in Spain. I would also like to introduce books published by Bassdrum Books Ltd our small publishing arm.
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
Castellar was unique. The bees loved it. We loved the views – Africa, Spain, Gibraltar and so on and Mara’s bar in the medieval Moorish castle. The scent of dama de noche and jasmin pervaded the place and the sound of flamenco music filled the evening air.
We had been in Spain for 18 months and for some reason we had itchy feet. The small house called Finca Granadero that we had bought was now a beautiful Andalucin cottage with beams and nooks and crannies that the previous owner had blocked up
I’d never done any plumbing before but I did have that book – The Readers’ Digest Book of DIY and so armed with this I set about re-plumbing the entire house whilst Annabel knocked down false walls with hideous arches, revealing the beautiful and original eucalyptus beams that held the house together.
It was now time to acquire some bees. After all, that was why we were there. We heard from a friend that an old boy was downsizing his bee stocks and contacted him in Velez Malaga. He turned up about an hour and a half late for our appointment and immediately took us off to one of his favourite bars for a pre-work brandy