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Beeson the Comb Kit Williams
Christopher 'Kit' Williams(born April 28, 1946 inKent, England) is anEnglishartist, illustrator and author best known for his bookMasquerade, a pictorial storybook which contains clues to the location of a golden (18carat) jewelled hare created by Williams and then buried "somewhere in Britain." Williams wrote another puzzle book with a bee theme; the puzzle was to figure out the title of the book and represent it without using the written word. This competition ran for just a year and a day and the winner was revealed on the liveBBCTV chatshowWogan.
In 1985, Kit Williams designed the Wishing Fish Clock, a centrepiece of the Regent Arcade shopping centre inCheltenham,Gloucestershire,England. Over 45 feet tall, the clock features a duck that lays a never-ending stream of golden eggs and includes a family of mice that are continually trying to evade a snake sitting on top of the clock. Hanging from the base of the clock is a large wooden fish that blows bubbles every half hour. Catching one of these bubbles entitles you to make a wish, hence the name of the clock.
Williams was also involved in the design of the Dragonfly Maze inBourton-on-the-Water,Gloucestershire,England, which comprises ayewmazewith a pavilion at the centre. The object is not only to reach the pavilion, but to gather clues as one navigates the maze. Correctly interpreting these clues when one reaches the pavilion allows access to the maze's final secret. In August 2009, Kit Williams was reunited with the golden hare which he had not seen for more than 30 years.He is quoted as saying: "I had not remembered it being as delicate as it is ... Then when I picked it up the little bells jingled, and it sparkled in a way that I had forgotten as well."
This reuniting was revealed in aBBC Foursixty minutedocumentaryon William's work,The Man Behind The Masqueradeon December 2 2009, beginning withMasqueradeand ending with an exhibition of the best 18 pieces of his art from the last thirty years at London's Portal Gallery, which had first exhibited his work in the1970s. The programme showed Williams being reunited with the golden hare for the first time when it was loaned by its anonymous present owner in theFar East. From Wikipedia: Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Honeybee : Lessons from an accidental Beekeeper C. Marina Marches
Honeybee : Lessons from an accidental Beekeeper One woman's charming and personal account of abandoning the rat race to live blissfully as a beekeeper and honey entrepreneur plus everything you'd ever want to know about bees. Ten years ago, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor's honeybee hives. Surprised to find that allowing docile honeybees to crawl across her hands instilled a serene tranquility and comfort, Marina quit her job, acquired her own bees, built her own hives, harvested honey, earned a certificate in apitherapy, studied wine tasting in order to transfer those skills to honey tasting, and eventually opened her own business. Today, Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country. Honeybee is not only a warm and inspiring story of one woman's intimate experience with honeybees (arguably the most industrious creatures on earth) but it is also bursting with fascinating and practical information about all aspects of bees, beekeeping, and honey, including life inside the beehive and the role of the queen, drones, and workers; how bees make honey; pollination and its importance in sustaining life; building a beehive; hiving and keeping honeybees; harvesting honey and comb; healing with honey and the practice of apitherapy; and much, much more. Recipes for food, drink, and personal care products are included throughout. Also included is a detailed appendix of 75 different varieties of honey.
Praise for Honeybee:
"Honeybee is a delightful book, filled with love and passion and fascinating information about one of the most important (and neglected) links in the food production chain: bees! Highly recommended!" -Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
"A delightful read, packed with useful information and charming stories, Honeybee will tell you everything you need to know to get started in beekeeping. More important, it will make you want to: Marina Marchese's enthusiasm is infectious." -Rowan Jacobsen, author of Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honeybee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis
"Honeybee brings a greater appreciation of both [honey] and the little creatures that deliver it. A simple food turns out not to be so simple after all; as I am to honey itself, I found myself a little stuck to this book." -Max McCalman, Dean of Curriculum, Artisanal Premium Cheese, and author of The Cheese Plate, Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best, and Mastering Cheese
"C. Marina Marchese's deeply felt love and appreciation for the honeybee, the ancient craft of beekeeping, and the exquisite delicacy known as honey leaps from these pages. From her backyard in Connecticut to the Amalfi coast of Italy her personal journey provides a wonderful introduction to the world of the honeybee." -Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
"Marina Marchese's Honeybee: Lesson from an Accidental Beekeeper is a charming and informative passage to the hive from the beginning to end. Especially helpful are the appendices to guide novice and experienced beekeepers in honey varietals, pairings, and labels. It's a perfect bee primer for all audiences." -Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation