Open Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5
Loose leaf tea shop, local honey and gifts. We also have signature OPEN Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5
Our signature British Bee Tea is back in stock online 💕
At the tea shop filling online orders and restocking Rabbit Room/butterscotch, Decaf Earl Grey and Ceylon Kenilworth Estate tea.
British Bee Local honey now available at Mattress Express
R.I.P. Queen Elizabeth II.
Prayers for the royal family and her country. 🙏🏻
That comforting cup of tea could help lower your risk of death, study finds Want to fight off disease and reduce your risk for an early death? Curling up in your favorite chair with a hot cup of tea might actually be an answer, according to new research. But can you add the splash of milk and two sugars?
Available online at britishbeetea.com and local at Mattress Express. No sales tax during August
Don’t miss out. No sales tax on tea and honey ends in less than a week.
All of your favorite British Bee teas are now back in stocked. Order Online at britishbeetea.com 🐝
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the first Monarch in British history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
Seventy years as Queen. 🇬🇧
A good day for a cuppa 💕
My sweet father-in-law, Frank Stanley, gained his heavenly wings last night. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I will tell the bees.
There was a time when almost every rural British family who kept bees followed a unique tradition.
Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible loss that had befallen the family.
Failing to do so often resulted in further losses such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing enough honey, or even dying.
Traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of not only deaths but all-important family matters including births, marriages, and long absences due to journeys. If the bees were not told, all sorts of calamities were thought to happen. This unique custom is known as “telling the bees”.
The practice of telling the bees may have its origins in Celtic mythology that held that bees were the link between our world and the spirit world.
So if you had any message that you wished to pass to someone who was dead, all you had to do was tell the bees and they would pass along the message.
The typical way to tell the bees was for the head of the household, or “good wife of the house” to go out to the hives, knock gently to get the attention of the bees, and then softly murmur in a doleful tune the solemn news.
Little rhymes developed over the centuries specific to a particular region. In Nottinghamshire, the wife of the dead was heard singing quietly in front of the hive, “The master's dead, but don't you go; Your mistress will be a good mistress to you.”
In Germany, a similar couplet was heard, “Little bee, our lord is dead; Leave me not in my distress”.
But the relationship between bees and humans goes beyond superstition. It’s a fact, that bees help humans survive. 70 of the top 100 crop species that feed 90% of the human population rely on bees for pollination.
Without them, these plants would cease to exist, and with it all animals that eat those plants. This can have a cascading effect that would ripple catastrophically up the food chain.
Losing a beehive is much worse than losing a supply of honey. The consequences are life-threatening.
The act of telling the bees emphasizes this deep connection humans share with the insect.
Art: The Bee Friend, a painting by Hans Thoma (1839–1924)
The bees stung me several times while I was putting the hive back together. The most stings I have ever had since taking up beekeeping. Thankfully the high winds only took out one hive and not all of them. Counting my blessings. Benadryl and bed for me tonight 🐝￼
Our teas and honey are now at Mattress Express (next door to the tea shop). Open 9-6 Monday thru Saturday. We will be partnering with them until the tea shop reopens. You can also find us online at britishbeetea.com
I know many of you are messaging wondering when we will reopen. In an effort to be transparent I can not give an answer. My focus is on the bees as well as my father in law who has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently in the hospital with kidney failure. My father in law, Frank Stanley, owned Mattress Express for 25 years and has been a big part of our Antioch community. He has also allowed me to keep bees on his property so I could grow my honey business. I do not feel there would even be a British Bee if it was not for him. Please keep our family in your prayers as we help make his remaining days as comfortable as possible.
Thank you for everyone who has supported the tea shop over the last year and a half and those who continue to show their support with your online orders. We hope to be open again soon.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
The Tea is calling and I must go 💕
It’s that time of the year. 🐝
So much to love at the British Bee Tea Company 💕💕💕
Perfect day for a cuppa 💕
Bee Mine Tea Mug with gold infuser. Perfect Valentine’s gift for the tea lover 💕
Be Mine Strawberry & Chocolate
Valentine Tea is back in stock 💕
Closed today. Friday Jan 7th
🐝. Warm and toasty.
Bee fact: the inside temperature of a beehive is 95 degrees in the winter.
Have a wonderful New Year!
We are OPEN today, New Years Eve but will be closed tomorrow, New Years Day. Thank you!
We are featured in the Nashville Scene newspaper 💕
Merry Christmas from all of us at British Bee Tea!
Merry Christmas! We will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!
Bring your gifts today to be wrapped. All donations go to support Pet Community Center. Thank you Nom Noms Dog Treats for wrapping gifts at the tea shop! 🐾 🐶💕
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