Monthly Archives: December 2017

Buzzing away with a hive of activityย 


I have been busy with work, getting ready for a VERY SPECIAL WEDDING & then Christmas. During that time I have been observing my very clever bees ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿcoming in and out of the hive. I have downloaded an ebook on beekeeping in Australia & also hopefully I can use my instincts on what feels right at the time. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธI also had to get in to the hive before my daughter arrives home for a week (she is allergic to bee stings๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) So with the hours counting down until I pick her up from the airport……..JUST CHANNEL MY INNER ๐Ÿ BEE!

Golden, sticky delicious goodness ๐Ÿ˜‹

Lots of departures and arrivals

I quickly made the decision to take out 3 of the heaviest and very full frames (all the time trying to stay calm and be as careful as I can with the bees). I look ๐Ÿ‘€ over and noticed that my smoker has gone out๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธThankfully I had left back up wood shavings just in case…..if only I could check my watch๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธbut that is firmly under my bee suit. So I relight my smoker and keep going checking for ANY UNUSUAL? NOT RIGHT? In the hive……all the time thinking ๐Ÿค” I hope I will know when I see it? 

I kept going and just felt that checking just the top layer today will have to do. I feel the bees were tolerating me and I was being as gentle as I could be, BUT do not want them to get UPSET๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

I take the full frames right away from the hive without the bees following me and decided to place them into a big container with a lid.

I can get back to this job at a later time, I had to get so much done โœ… 

So I pick up my BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER from the airport, we do a bit of Christmas grocery shopping on the way home.THE DAY HAD GONE!? The next day comes and itโ€™s Christmas Eve-no time for the frames……Christmas Day……still no time! So Boxing Day arrives TODAY IS HARVEST DAY๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปOh my goodness ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธwhat do I know about this? I go to my ebook……I was supposed to wait until the comb was capped๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธOH BUGGER! I knew I had stuffed it up๐Ÿค”Oh well too late just get on with it and NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!!

This is the frame 

Oh my goodness golden glowing ๐Ÿฏ honey 

Straining the wax and wondering how much will I get?

Ohhhh my goodness ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

2 jars weighing 600grams each & the little amounts of my family tasting this EXCITING FIRST HARVEST! 

What an excellent way to spend my day๐Ÿ˜‰