Bit of a mid-summer treat yesterday: Tim Malfroy came to help check our Warré beehives and bliss us out with amazing discussions on pollination, super organisms and honey. We got some amazing photos of summer in beeland.
Summer in the Australian bush (in a good year) is like nirvana for honey bees, thanks to the abundance of flowering eucalyptus. So much nectar. So much pollen. The Milkwood Farm bees are going nuts!
Whew! So from what started as a hive visit, we ended up harvesting 3 frames of honey. Not bad for an unexpected treat! Once crushed and strained, it came out as just over 5 kg of beautiful liquid sunlight.
Big thanks as always to Tim Malfroy, and to the 120,000 (or so) honeybees of Milkwood Farm.
We looked at getting a bee hive but apparently we’re surrounded by too many neighbours.
really? We have many friends with urban hives… can you talk up the pollination benefits for your neighbors gardens and bribe them with honey?
This post made my day. As it’s winter here in the USA, there isn’t much to be done in my tiny apiary. You’ve got me looking forward to our summer!
There’s that many bees in my yard I’m sure someone nearby must have a hive! Would love some home-grown honey of my own.
I’d love to add beekeeping to my goals, but my husband, who admittedly is mildly allergic to bees (abs nit much if a fan of honey) gas said no way
Oh well. there a fellow across the street who keeps bees, so there’s never any lack if them around to do our ppollinating for us anyway. But those pics certainly are enticing.
just a note from a discussion on our facebook page re what constitutes ‘virgin comb’, i said:
in the warré context, virgin comb means natural comb that has been built on a honeyflow and henceforth has been built by the bees to fill with honey immediately, rather than being built to be filled firstly with pollen and brood, followed by honey as the brood progresses down the hive as it does in nature.
It’s much lighter comb in construction than brood comb (given the option to operate without foundation and determine their own cell size, cell wall diameter etc, the bees build more delicate comb if it’s to be used for honey storage immediately, as an economic measure) and therefore great eating – an amazing light honeycomb that’s a pleasure to eat!
What is the source of the strainer? Looks purpose made for a standard bucket, but I have not seen one before. Do you know the mesh size?
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What lovely photographs and beautiful happy bees! I am very jealous as its been bitter cold and snowing here in London. Lucky you!
Thanks Sue – we love our bees. It’s such an amazing trajectory of learning…
Do you know of any Natural Beekeeping courses near Auckland, NZ?
So glad I found your website/blog. The best I’ve seen for Warre keepers. This is my first year, we live outside Boston, Mass. USA, and I’ve had a ball thus far. Can’t wait for the first taste of honeycomb.