Young Ladies About Town
The girls living and laughing their way around London, meeting lots of fascinating folk along the way...
Buzzing with delight
Earlier this year, we Young Ladies were treated to a private tour of the apiary on top of the Melvita store in Covent Garden. Donning the oh-so-stylish white suits to get up close, we spent a fascinating afternoon chatting to Camilla Goddard and learning about the art of beekeeping.
Our little visit filled us with affection for our honey-making friends and we have been following their news ever since. This week we were fascinated to hear that the Melvita colony have welcomed a further 50,000 bees from Greenwich Park, who require temporary home during this busy sporting summer.
Melvita - which means 'Honey and Life' - was actually developed by beekeeper Bernard Chevilliat almost 30 years ago. The protection of bees remains at the core of this organic beauty company, who have set up The Melvita Foundation to promote the development of beekeeping throughout the world.
The lovely Camilla looks after a range of apiaries around London, and could not have seemed happier with her work. She spends her days flitting from rooftop to rooftop, checking on her charges. Nearly everyone can attest to the tastiness of honey, and we are beginning to cotton on to honey's special beauty benefits, but many are not aware of the essential role bees play in the ecology of their area.
Happily the Greenwich Park bees have settled in to their holiday home. The best part? They are in flying distance of Buckingham Palace, so can join in this splendid summer of tourism.
Daily tip from the lady archive
“PEOPLE cannot help being influenced by their surroundings and their environment; therefore how all important it is that both of these should be healthy and cheery, for health and happiness both go hand-in-hand.”The Lady. The Blessing of Old Health, 18th November 1920