Almost three and a half years ago I attended a bee keeping course. I went in wide eyed and bushy tailed, finished and purchased a super, put together the box and frames. Soon after I fell pregnant and the bees went to the back of my mind.
While at the Local Is Lovely Photography Workshop, I met the gorgeous Honey Atkinson. She is a photographer, videographer and bee keeper (as well as many many other things), she is also half of the team of Will Work for Food.
We chatted over the two days about bees, she shared her experiences of backyard bee keeping. And my spark was rekindled.
As Anisa and I were driving back to Canberra I noticed that a Geelong local had been sharing post after post on Instagram of swams that were settling in her yard.
Once I returned home I chatted with Helena from Spade and Trowel, quickly pulled all my bee bits together, organised the last few crucial pieces and awaited the arrival of our bees. Helena boxed up her latest swam and kindly drove down to Portarlington to deliver the package.
I’m happy to say that all the bees are inside the hive, coming and going as they please.
I remembered that I got this book* for my birthday just over two years ago, so I’m going to get stuck into reading that.
Today I jumped on eBay and purchased two bee brushes, two sets of gloves, a smoker, a hive tool and a frame holder. I’ve also contacted a local who makes bee suits and I’ll be purchasing two off her this weekend.
I made sure to register my hive with the department of agriculture.
In about 8 days we will be opening up the hive to check on the progress of the bees and the development of the hive.
Are you a backyard bee keeper? I’d love to hear about your adventures.
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