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Honey and the Andersons of Hopetown



Perth Courier, Oct. 24, 1884

Mr. Edmund Anderson of Hopetown has obtained from his apiary this year 6,344 pounds of honey, 23 packages of which he has sent to Montreal leaving 18 on hand yet.  He has sold a considerable quantity in small lots. He says the “Holy Land” bee has come out over all the others as a producer.

Local Bee Keeper Rescues Swarm of Bees



Inside the Old Honey Pot — The Henderson Apiaries Carleton Place


Five of the Weirdest things about bees..

Gone With the Killer Bees — Swarmed!


Last week I was stung three times by a wasp and complained about the pain until I read a horrible article the next day. Reminding me of Hitchcock’s The Bird’s,  a swarm of about 30,000 bees attacked a North Texas couple while they exercised their miniature horses.


For the past few weeks, Texan Kristen Beauregard had noticed bees near her home and tried to get rid of them.The bees were spotted near a shed in the backyard, but she had no idea of the danger that was buzzing inside. Beauregard ended up being stung about 200 times, and her boyfriend 50 times, but their tiny horses were so covered in bees that only one could be saved.
“They were chasing us down, they were following us,”Beauregard said of the incident Wednesday evening. “We swept up piles and piles of them … it was like a bad movie.”


The bees are currently being tested to see whether they are Africanized or “killer” bees. Biologist Warwick E. Kerr in Brazil in 1957 created the bees and an accidental release was done by one of his in-training lab assistants.


While Beauregard was exercising her Shetland pony, he began to jump and kick. That was the exact moment when a cloud of bees began to sting them all over. Trying to flee the bees she jumped into the pool and the horse followed.


“It got all dark, like it was nighttime there were so many bees.” “We were trying stand up in the water but every time we stuck our heads out for air, they would cover us and start stinging us. We were trying to breathe and they were stinging us in the face and in the nose.”


She managed to escape to the house, and her boyfriend called 911. The bees chased her, crashing into the windows of the house and her horse ran through the yard, rubbing against bushes in an attempt to wipe off the bees. The 911 firefighters arrived with special gear and a foam substance and managed to clear the bees. They were able to drag the horses to a pasture where police and paramedics tried to treat them.


One of her 6 show horses died before the veterinarian arrived, and the other was sedated and taken to equine veterinarian clinic.The bees also killed five hens, and stung the couple’s dog.



“He was so overwhelmed by bites that his body could not handle it,” Tersteeg said. “That’s way too much for any 250-pound mammal to survive.”
Too late now, but they should have left the hive alone, as when disturbed by a perceived threat, probably the vibration of the ponies, that alerted the rest of the hive.
Bees are being killed in the thousands by pesticides every year and the media gives it minimal if any coverage. Thank the chemical industry for mass producing poisons that harm not only insects like bees but us as well. They say when you wipe out an entire species, the ripple effect causes disasters further down the food chain. Climate change, pollution, chemicals are altering everything around us in a bad way but as long as a buck is made who cares right?



The Africanized bees are notorious for covering people and animals when disturbed, following pheromones released as some of the bees are injured. They were not found in Georgia until late 2010, but Texans have been fighting them for more than 20 years. According to Mayan tradition, the last world ended when the animals and the technology turned on the people. If this is the end of this world, it makes some kind of ironic sense that it all begins in Texas.


The Big Buzz at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market — Get Bee-autiful!



Not only is Dunlop’s Honey a producer and supplier of local container honey, and bulk Honey– they are bee—ing very creative these days selling  100% Beeswax Candles, soap, chocolate, and you name it. They also have something that women are getting on the bandwagon for now all over the world called Bee Cream.


After 12 years of research, Korean Doctors are now sharing their knowledge of the power of bees and face care loved by Victoria Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Michelle Pfeiffer. You don’t have to travel outside of Carleton Place to find it now. Dunlop’s Honey has it each week at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market for a fraction of the price.


Scott Dunlop isn’t going to sell anything he does stand bee-hind, and tells me that it is amazing for the face improving skin tone and elasticity. Some even say it cures psoriasis. Bees are already responsible for other supposedly anti-ageing products from honey to royal jelly, a health supplement used by many celebrities.  It is also available at The Granary and Apple Cheeks Consignment in Carleton Place– and they it all year round too!


Of course they now say that life without bees is life without chocolate. That’s right– Dunlop’s Honey carries Chocolate made from honey. No matter how you look at it– they have some sweet ideas all around!

Fact- Pollinators like bees bring us 75 per cent of the food we eat — including apples, chocolate, coffee and almonds. Without pollinators, we’d be stuck eating only wind-pollinated crops like wheat and corn.


HONEY BEE CAKE by Nigella Lawson


4 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 1/3 cups soft light brown sugar
2 sticks soft butter
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 cup boiling water
Sticky Honey Glaze:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 ounce yellow marzipan
12 flaked almonds
Special equipment: 9-inch springform tin
Take whatever you need out of the refrigerator so that all ingredients can come to room temperature, and while that’s happening, melt the chocolate from the cake part of the ingredients list in a good-sized bowl, either in the microwave or suspended over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and butter and line a 9-inch springform tin.

Beat together the sugar and soft butter until airy and creamy, and then add the honey.

Add 1 of the eggs, beating it in with a tablespoon of the flour, and then the other egg with another tablespoon of flour. Fold in the melted chocolate, and then the rest of the flour and baking soda. Add the cocoa pushed through a tea strainer to ensure you have no lumps, and last of all, beat in the boiling water. Mix everything well to make a smooth batter and pour into the prepared tin. Cook for up to 1 1/2 hours, though check the cake after 45 minutes and if it is getting too dark, cover the top lightly with aluminium foil and keep checking every 15 minutes.

Let the cake cool completely in the tin on a rack.

To make the glaze, bring the water and honey to a boil in a saucepan, then turn off the heat and add the finely chopped chocolate, swirling it around to melt in the hot liquid. Leave it for a few minutes, then whisk together. Add the sugar through a sieve and whisk again until smooth.

Choose your plate or stand, and cut out 4 strips of baking paper and form a square outline on the plate. This is so that when you sit the cake on and ice it, the icing will not run out all over the plate. Unclip the tin and set the thoroughly cooled cake on the prepared plate. Pour the glaze over the cold honey bee cake; it might dribble a bit down the edges, but don’t worry too much about that. The glaze stays tacky for ages (this is what gives it its lovely melting gooiness) so ice in time for the glaze to harden a little, say at least an hour before you want to serve it. Keep the pan of glaze, (don’t wash it up), as you will need it to make the stripes on the bees.

Divide the marzipan into 6 even pieces and shape them into fat, sausage-like bees’ bodies, slightly tapered at the ends.

Using a wooden skewer, paint stripes with the sticky honey glaze left in the pan from icing the cake. About 3 stripes look best, and then very carefully attach the flaked almonds at an angle to make the bees’ wings, 2 on each one. They might snap as you dig them into the marzipan bodies, so have some spare. I’m afraid to admit, I also like to give them eyes by dipping the point of the skewer in the glaze and thence on the bees: they look more loveable with an expression, which is somehow what the eyes give them, but then this is where the Disney effect comes in. If a more imperial dignity is required, forgo the dotting of the eyes and present this as your Napoleonic Chocolate Cake.

Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

7 Beckwith St.
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 809-0660

830 am to 1230 am

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Inside the Old Honey Pot — The Henderson Apiaries Carleton Place


Photos of the old Henderson Apiary. Once upon a time the building was closed forever, and the building sat neglected on the most prestigious street in town– High Street. It is no longer there, and now just a memory.

What is an apiary?  An apiary (also known as a bee yard) is a place where honey bees are kept. Traditionally beekeepers (also known as apiarists) paid land rent in honey for the use of small parcels. Some farmers will provide free apiary sites, because they need pollination, and farmers who need many hives often pay for them to be moved to the crops when they bloom. 

Photos from an Anonymous Photographer from years gone by. 







Time Waits for No Man 1965









The building was for sale for $220,000, but it was always zoned residential.





Hi Linda. Saw your photos of Henderson Apiaries. I worked as a beekeeper for Cecil and Kay Henderson in 1965. My package included room and board in their home next door (it was also a Guest House for overnight visitors but not a B&B, just accommodation). Photos brought back memories! thanks–Mark Hopkins

July-August 1952

What Was Going On at The Carleton Place Herald Office With the Birds and the Bees?



Owning a bird as a pet has been popular since the Victorian era, when the parlor was not considered completely decorated unless it had a canary in a very small brass cage residing on a table in a corner. In Victorian times British finches were hugely popular as cage birds throughout the British Isles, often replacing canaries. Due to a lack of protection, thousands of birds were captured for the pet trade every year.

News Office Canaries

Canary Birds, warranted first class singers, for sale at the Herald Office.

June 9, 1880.

Lost. Some Tame Canary Birds. As they will fly into some house, their return to the Herald Office will be thankfully received and suitable rewarded.

June 28, 1880.


Newsman’s Bees

Bees! A few hives of bees for sale at the Herald Office. March 13th, 1865.