Where does your passion for bees and beekeeping come from?
In 1978, two people were instrumental in awakening my enthusiasm for beekeeping. The first, an uncle by marriage, took me to the garden and opened a hive to show me the gentleness of his bees. The second, an agronomist who put me in touch with one of his friends, who gave me two populated hives. These first two hives gave me a great deal of pleasure and honey in profusion.
What are you most proud of?
We were able to benefit from a prestigious award following our single application; our spring honey won a prize in 2017 at the “Coq de Cristal” competition, which rewards producers of agricultural food products. This Coq de Cristal sits proudly in our window next to our two books. I’m particularly pleased that my daughter-in-law Floriane has agreed to help me not only with the preparation of the second edition of the book she co-authored, but also with the gîtes and a little with beekeeping, since as a young mother I understand that she doesn’t have much time to spare.