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 🐝🐝🐝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. 🤷🏻♀️I also had to get in to the hive before my daughter arrives home for a week (she is allergic to bee stings🙅🏻♀️) So with the hours counting down until I pick her up from the airport……..JUST CHANNEL MY INNER 🐝 BEE!
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 👀 over and noticed that my smoker has gone out🤦🏻♀️Thankfully I had left back up wood shavings just in case…..if only I could check my watch🙅🏻♀️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 🤔 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 UPSET😡🐝🐝🐝🐝
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 ✅
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 it’s Christmas Eve-no time for the frames……Christmas Day……still no time! So Boxing Day arrives TODAY IS HARVEST DAY👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Oh my goodness 🤦🏻♀️what do I know about this? I go to my ebook……I was supposed to wait until the comb was capped🤷🏻♀️OH BUGGER! I knew I had stuffed it up🤔Oh well too late just get on with it and NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!!
Oh my goodness golden glowing 🍯 honey
Straining the wax and wondering how much will I get?
2 jars weighing 600grams each & the little amounts of my family tasting this EXCITING FIRST HARVEST!
What an excellent way to spend my day😉