Who in their right mind would own bee’s – just to be able to steal their beautiful golden honey at the cost of about 10 (now painful) stings! My forearms currently resemble something from popeye and hurt every time I bump them. There must have been something in the air today, as I can generally rob the bee hives and not be stung or even have to wear gloves. I have always heard that rain sends some animals into a frenzy – I wonder if this was the excuse for the odd 80 000 bee’s in one of my hives. However, the stupidity was well worth it, with 20kg of beautiful fresh honey now sitting on the shelf and a kg sitting on the bench for tomorrows breakfast – everyone in this house should be happy in the morning. The girls had better want honey for breakfast after they kept telling me the jar was empty and they needed it for eating their carrots at dinner time. The pain I go through – just to have a quiet breakfast, though it will be just my luck that they will want Nutella or something else that we don’t have for breakfast.
The winter honey in the Ferny Grove area tends to be just right for my tastes – is not too sweet and the colour is some where between a light and dark honey. The photo above was taken in May – note all the honey waiting to be capped off by the bee’s (only for me to remove again in a couple of weeks). Bee’s really ae an amazing insect that always seem to find a way into a bee suit. I do however, recall reading a research article recently about computer networks being built on the basis of studies of bee’s. I wonder if this really is possible.