The Bees

I love bees. They are fascinating, important and amazingly intelligent creatures. Beekeeping for us is quite a new hobby ( we started in 2014) & we have already learnt so much, not only about them, but about how they impact on our food production & how important they are to us. 

Beekeeping is one of those things that seems like it might not be much bother apart from the odd collection of honey. 

However, this really isn’t the case. 

Bees are their own society- and have their own ways of doing things. And more often than not do the exact opposite of what the ‘books’ say they will. I’m hoping here to document some of our successes & dramas in having a few hives which we ‘help’ them to look after. And, to provide for myself a platform to rant & raise awareness of the plight of these plucky & industrious creatures.

When you start looking after a colony of bees, you soon start to realise that you are part of a much bigger plan. Their colony thrives and diminishes not only by your care, but the care of the surrounding environment. This goes double for native bees and other pollinators, who by default we help out by understanding more about our bee charges. If our bees are bothered or in trouble because of disease, crop spraying or other pesticide use, you can be absolutely sure that the native wild species are in even worse shape.

I really do believe that beekeeping is probably the most vegan thing I do. I love these creatures, keeping them safe, keeping them happy, keeping our neighbours informed about how their pesticide use effects them and therefore the rest of the local bug communities is not only satisfying, it directly helps the health of our surrounds. Which is surely the best thing I can do for our planet on a local scale.

I love bees. We need them, and they need us..

7 Comments

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    Yummy Green Mummy
    December 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’m really excited to watch this journey of yours. We would love to keep bees, and when we have the space will be giving it a go. 🙂

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      Lou-c-Lou
      December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you, it has certainly been a learning curve! They’re all tucked up in their hive until Spring now, so will have to do loads more research during the winter.

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      Lou-c-Lou
      December 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      It’s a little more work than I imagined, and there have been some hairy moments, but it’s so rewarding and we have learnt so much already. 🙂

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    Emma Sarah Tennant
    February 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Indeed! Bees don’t read the same books as us beekeepers! I wish I knew what books they did read! 🙂

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      louise
      February 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Haha- too true! I wish we could translate what they’re saying.. I’m sure it would be edifying.

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    Fran Happ
    September 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Hi Louise, How are you? We have been considering buying one of the new hives which you may have heard of, just the thing for the less experienced apiarist. Living as we do in the wilds of NSW at a distance from commercial hives I thought it would be the best way to get good results from my newly planted fruit trees. Have a look and see what you think. Interesting that it was crowd funded to the tune of $1,000,000! Best, Fran
    http://www.honeyflow.com

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      louise
      September 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      We’ve heard of these here… but the UK has been cautious on the uptake due to a few reasons… The main two being that temperatures can be low here & honey can crystalise in the hive, meaning the mechanism wouldn’t work properly… the second being that we have a huge wasp problem, which we’re a little nervous that a second, honey smelling, entrance point to the hive would be just too tempting & invite more attacks…

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