THE wife of a beekeeper is living on a knife edge knowing that a single sting from her hubby’s hives could threaten her life
As a result keen gardener Lynn Rose won’t be helping husband Steve collect honey from his dozen hives for the Hamper Llangollen Food Festival this weekend.
Years of being exposed to bee venom on Steve’s clothes has led to her being highly allergic to bees, who usually get a warm welcome from gardeners and farmers alike.
After a sting saw Lynn dialling 999 for emergency treatment to save her life, she’s now undergoing pioneering treatment at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool to help desensitise the allergy.
Meanwhile, she’s keeping a safe distance from the hives – home to 200,000 bees – at their house near Corwen, while Steve makes ready his display of honey and all things bee-related for the festival at Llangollen’s Royal Pavilion.
Remembering the day she was stung, the 62-year-old said: “Steve was out and I was in the garden when I got the fright of my life. I stepped into the flight path of a bee and it collided with me, on my collarbone. At first I didn’t think I’d been stung and so didn’t panic.
“But then I started to feel very short of breath, and tried to contact my husband but there was no mobile coverage. Finally I managed to alert my neighbour, who saw that I was very unwell.
“I was extremely brerathless and was covered in hives, little red allergic spots. So we dialled 999.
“When the paramedics got to me I wasn’t in a very good state – they gave me a nebuliser to help me breathe, plus antihistamine to counter the allergy.
“That seemed to sort me out, and fortunately I didn’t need to go to hospital. But it was scary.”
The former animal nurse trainer added: “It seems a lot of beekeepers’ wives develop an intolerance and even an allergy to bee stings because of the venom that’s often on their husband’s clothes.”
Robert Price, Cadwyn Clwyd’s agri-food project officer, has praised the setting of the food festival and emphasised the importance to the local economy.
He said: “The location of the Pavilion is absolutely spectacular; I can’t imagine that any other food festival in the UK has a more beautiful setting.
“It’s also brilliant news for the local economy.”
For more information about Hamper Llangollen 2013 go to www.llangollenfoodfestival.com.