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!
Golden, sticky delicious goodness 😋
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 👀 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!!
This is the frame
Oh my goodness golden glowing 🍯 honey
Straining the wax and wondering how much will I get?
Ohhhh my goodness 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
2 jars weighing 600grams each & the little amounts of my family tasting this EXCITING FIRST HARVEST!
What an excellent way to spend my day😉
Everything went really well with the installation of my new colony into my bee 🐝 hive. The only sticking point was the smoker….yep jammed….glued tight! I googled, I searched other bee sights…NOTHING CAME UP ABOUT SMOKERS GLUED SHUT?
Well I put my thoughts 💭 together and came up with – placing the said smoker in the vice and carefully pulling until it was open. Thankfully 😅 & GRATEFULLY I managed to do it! Note to self CLEAN THAT SMOKER AFTER EACH USE IMMEDIATELY! With a rag and mentholated spirits 😀👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻.
Progress check after 3 days of owning 🐝 bees…..they look like their doing ok 👌🏻 & just in time to fill up their sugar syrup supply 😉👩🏻🌾
Happy little 🐝🐝🐝🐝🙏🏻makes me 😃👩🏻🌾
They’re Here!!!! Oh my good goodness I seriously was on such a natural high…..but had to keep grounding myself & keeping on the calm side. This day had finally arrived, all the years of wanting was now here! I have put some financial investment into this project, many hours of planning and labour too. ALL of those negative thoughts 💭 running through my mind…you keep 🐝 bees? What do you know? Your NO EXPERT! What were you thinking? YOU DIDN’T THINK!?
“OH JUST BUZZ THE HELL OFF!” I had to think and just keep moving ahead or I would never do this! I have spent most of my life fearing & listening to others WAY TOO MUCH!
Enough waffling here are some photos of my Beemetropolis 🐝🐝🐝I am buzzing this morning 🤦🏻♀️sorry but I did offer up a warning ⚠️ on my last post🤷🏻♀️😉🤣
I am such a ‘safety first’ person but in my haste I didn’t put the handbrake on🤦🏻♀️I was busy dropping a friend back to the nursing home, there was a car in the way, I was worrying about my friend and keying in the security code. I was busy doing the code and out of the corner of my eye 👁I see my ute reversing towards the garden & wall of the building. OH NO Louie is in the car!!! I ran back to the car (thinking what, why & how do I stop it!) THANKFULLY 😅 the back wheels stopped on the edge of the driveway. Damage 1 toppled pot plant and magpie statue. I was still in shock & Louie was already back in his seat with a VERY GUILTY LOOK 👀. Note to self -shorten his harness strap & NEVER FORGET THE HANDBRAKE 🤷🏻♀️
As the colder weather approaches, my fears and concerns about my little old Lily are weighing heavily on me.
Lily wearing two jumpers, she isn’t quite the shark she used to be😳
Test run for a friend’s beautiful daughters birthday
Keeping myself busy is often helpful……but I seriously don’t want her to be suffering in anyway. I feel that it is time for this old shark to finally meet up with her beloved brother Leon. It is going to take such great strength & a huge adjustment not having my favourite girl helping me in the garden.
Still trying to balance my busy workload with my new life, while processing all that has gone on over so many years before. Resetting my thought patterns, while still working and just living day to day. ALWAYS mindful that this is ALL how things were meant to be and just breath and live in the moment. Fortunately for me I live in a little slice of HEAVEN with the MOST AMAZING feathered and furred friends that HELP ME HEAL EVERYDAY.
These gorgeous girls and boys are my Indian runner ducks that are very shy & extremely wary of EVERYTHING also very hard to photograph.
I have managed to do a few things around the garden & of course some baking for friends for special occasions ALWAYS brings to mind how time is FLYING PAST & that I shouldn’t waste a second.
Double layer carrot cake & of course cream cheese frosting
Rose water meringue, clotted cream, raspberries & Pistachio Praline for GF guests
For dessert Kimmys favourite baked cherry cheesecake, this was just some catering for a special work friend & her BIG 50th Birthday Celebrations (things that I LOVE to do for people I love & LOVE ME in return)