Hi, I’m Emma, a London-based beekeeper and aromatherapist. I blog (mostly) about bees. I also like travelling, photography, animals and wildlife, and stripes (bees are stripy).
Miss Apis Mellifera is from the Latin name for the European honeybee, Apis mellifera, and ‘Miss’ because most honeybees are female. My blog was famously Freshly Pressed in 2012 by a post about a monkey-fish, not bees.
Five years a beekeeper and I have a lot to learn. I keep bees at Ealing apiary with my lovely hive partner Emily Scott of Adventures in Beeland. My blog shares the ups and downs of our hives, with lots of bee fun, tea and cake thrown in.
I became an aromatherapist in 2005 after completing my diploma in Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science with Neal’s Yard Remedies in Covent Garden, London. I studied the chemical profiles of over 70 essential oils, including their use in anatomy and physiology.
I blog about other things too, so here’s a useful index to find it all.
I live with my gorgeous boyfriend, John, who is very understanding about “all those insects you always think about”. John documented my favourite beekeeping adventure in Iceland!
Creating a buzz on my blog
I’m a Londoner born and bred though love the country. For 15 years I worked in publishing and communications, writing articles for bestselling magazines, editing prestigious books and journals, blogging for high-profile people and generally doing a good job of creating specialist content, before moving into digital comms.
Since childhood I have dreamed of working with animals and being an editor of a nature-and-wildlife magazine – a pretty clear career goal for an eight-year-old! I was passionate about writing, drawing and animals even then. That’s why keeping bees and writing this blog means so much to me, it’s like a life-long dream come true to work with animals, to write about and photograph them, and share it with everyone here.
I work very hard at keeping bees and I put a lot of work into my blog too. So it’s been great to see some success from all those years of work and dreams start to come true! I’m lucky to have been interviewed by podcasters Kiwimana and a couple of PhD students, met international beekeepers like Deborah DeLong, Hjalmar Jonsson and Berry the Beeman, been sent books to review, asked to write for local newsletters, got various blog awards, and even featured in magazines (below). I’ve also been lucky to have been mentored by amazing beekeepers like John Chapple (the Queen’s beekeeper), Andy Pedley, Pat Turner, Thomas Bickerdike, Ian Allkins, Alan Kyme, and more.
Why do I care about bees? Because I want mine and John’s beautiful nieces and nephews to enjoy seeing the first bumble bee pop out of a daffodil in spring and to run through wild flower meadows buzzing with life in summer.