The Hives Arrive
We’ve had another incredibly busy week although maybe by now its ten days. Time is buzzing by !
As promised, we returned to one of our best country apiaries and loaded the Canberra Hives onto our ute. We did it under the supervision of our queen bee – Kathy. She kept a close eye on what we were doing, and made sure we didn’t forget anything. I think this is where I get my eye for detail – it’s genetic Thanks mum xx
It was another stunningly beautiful day in the country. The breathtaking scenery was incredibly distracting and I’ll admit it was hard to focus on the task at hand.
Fortunately, for all of us, my Dad and hubby weren’t so distracted and got to work placing the ventilation screens on the hives, strapping them and lifting them into the ute – all this work was done by hand. Canberra, I hope you appreciate the sore muscles because strong healthy hives are darn heavy.
It took around 90 minutes to finalise the preparations and load the hives ready for the overnight journey to Canberra. We were fortunate to get a shower to cool the afternoon because it meant we could leave early. It was a stunning afternoon, I didnt want to work, I just wanted to take photos.
We travelled overnight, because at night it is cool and dark. We always move bees at night, and you can read more about how the Honey Delight family move bees here. We arrived into Canberra in the early morning and the first hives were unloaded in the dark.
By the time we made it to Harrison, it was dawn, so we could see how the hive suited this garden perfectly. We didn’t plan to colour co-ordinate our hives – maybe is was just meant to “bee”.
Our arrival in Ainslie created a bit of nervous excitement because we were greeted by a reporter and cameraman from The 7.30 Report. It was such a delight to meet Adrienne Francis and Steve Ritchie. Our project will featured this week on ABC TV – the 7.30 Report and then will be available on the web. I hope you can watch it, and let me know what you think.
Carmen and the Honey Delight Family