Some more stories from the Nuttery Runacres smallholding. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I have enjoyed talking to Dad and Auntie Diana about it.
Granddad Basil started bee-keeping whilst at the Nuttery Smallholding. Granddad had up to 20 hives in total! Dad was telling me that the system worked well-he kept 6 hives at the Nuttery and moved the other ones around the village to aid pollination Often these hives were kept in other friends or locals gardens or spare fields. Granddad made all the hives and inner frames for them up in the ‘bee-shed’ which I have spoken about before! This shed was an old pre-fab building moved to the Nuttery and kept Granddad Basil happy for hours! Luckily Granddad loved it lots as Dad and Grandma could not get too involved as both were allergic to bee stings!
Additionally, the veg and fruit patch kept my grandparents, Auntie Diana and Dad very busy too! The plot had about 2 dozen blackcurrant bushes for a good 20 years before they got worn out! Also 3 long good rows of raspberries-dad remembers a good year when they harvested over 300 punnets of fruit to sell at a local Green Grocers up Bramford Road, Ipswich. Still, there was plenty of fruit glut left for jam making! There was a large strawberry cage-Granddad Basil had got hold of some ex-fishing nets to cover the plants and protect them. Again, the veg patch did just as well with the glut of asparagus being sold or swapped for sweet chestnuts with one of granddads work mates! The rhubarb patch kept Grandma busy with new recipes for pies, jams and crumbles. Moreover, among other goodies to eat there were cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, other brassicas and over 20 yards of runner bean plants to harvest!