Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bee Festival Haul

I recently visited the Bee Festival, which had stalls with lots of bee and pollination related things for sale. I thought it would be interesting to do a little haul of what I bought there. Everything available there was very ethical, and most of it was locally grown or produced, so it was exactly the kind of thing I like to support.

The first thing I picked up was this beautiful green pumpkin, which someone had grown on their allotment! I'm probably going to be using it mostly as a photo prop, but I'm also trying to think of what I could make with the flesh. Perhaps pumpkin cakes. I did slightly regret not taking a shopping bag with me when I was trying to carry the pumpkin home!

From the same allotment stall I also got some rhubarb. I love the tart taste of rhubarb and it's surprisingly easy to prepare, so I was really happy to find some. I was even happier that it didn't have any plastic packaging!

I couldn't really leave a bee and pollination themed event without some seeds and plants. One of the stalls was really kindly giving away free seeds and cuttings, so I got some white honesty seeds, a sage cutting, a rosemary cutting, and a calendula seedling, all for free! I had been wanting to get a sage plant and a rosemary plant for ages as they are really useful for witch stuff and natural cosmetics, as is calendula. So I was super happy to get all of these for free! It's so lovely that people were just giving these away and spreading the joy of growing something.

Another plant I had wanted for ages was a lavender, so I bought a little potted one. Again, this had been locally grown on someone's allotment, and it was only £1! It's very pretty and smells divine.

I got some free samples from Neal's Yard, an amazing organic skincare brand who were at the event selling their Bee Lovely range. The Bee Lovely products contain ingredients such as honey and beeswax, and 3% of sales goes to bee protection charities. The sample pack I got has a sample of the Bee Lovely Hand Cream, Wild Rose Beauty Balm, and a voucher for a free herbal tea or hand massage in store, so I was really glad I picked this up. I was a bit too distracted by everything else to focus on choosing any products from Neal's Yard, but I definitely want to go and have a good sniff of everything in store and choose at a more leisurely pace. I also have my eye on their gorgeous bee tote bag...

I was really pleased with everything I got at the Bee Festival, and it was so lovely to shop from ethical, local vendors! It made me realise that this is something I want to focus on more, so I'll be seeing what I can change about my shopping habits to incorporate this in future.


  1. This is such a lovely post! I love the idea of a bee festival especially as they are such an incredibly important part of our ecosystem! x x x