Skeps and skepmaking are the main topic here.
If you share some of my interests I'd like to hear from you.
Please use my gmail address, which is:-
Your emails are seen only by me (and possibly GCHQ and the CIA) so please feel free to comment on the website.
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(Please ignore any spam that arrives on the guestbook - I try to remove it rapidly)
You might wish to to book me for a talk to your club, or to judge your honey show or demostrate skepmaking.
I live at Newton Blossomville in Milton Keynes, England, though the postal address says Bedford.
Please don't email Martina (there really is someone called Martina Newton and it's NOT ME.)
No good looking for me on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere similar - I'm not on any of them.
Website last updated 22nd October, 2014
Biggest change is that I am struggling with my new MS 8.1 computer. Luckily when I get the Mr Site page working on this website it's just the same as before, but at other times it's like being lost in an unfamiliar forest.
Calendar updated on TALKS page.
Photo taken at a Skepmaking class at The National Honey Show, 2012 (yes, it's me)
N.B. I would like to credit the lady who took this photo but have lost her name. If you know who it is, please tell me. This photo was used in the recent American Bee Journal article about Charles Kennard's skep and boat making.
My interests include :
beekeeping (I am a BBKA Judge for honey shows and have over 35 years experience with bees)
basketmaking (I make willow baskets, useful rather than arty)
skepmaking (straw beehives) especially reproductions of the past)
natural history (my B.Sc. is in Botany and Zoology)
playing the horn (and the viola, badly)
languages (try me in French, German, Russian or Esperanto).
I play the horn in
The Wolverton Light Orchestra and
TheOpen University Orchestra,
both in Milton Keynes, England.
Beekeeping Events I am involved with are listed on the TALKS page
Please send more Photos for the OTHER PEOPLE'S SKEPS page.
Send me a photo of your skep or basket for inclusion on this page. Attach a photo file to an email.