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Queen Bees with Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles

Catch up with the Queens

Season 8, Ep. 1

A homemade lunch for Jane from Esther and a catch up with the bees in Esther's garden hives. Esther also shares a cache of old letters she's found in her shed.

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Queen Bees is a Hat Trick Podcast featuring Jane Horrocks, Esther Coles and quite a lot of bees.

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