Beekeeping and Honey! — summer RSS



***Guest Beek*** Introducing Simon Cousins

I met Simon via an online Beek facebook forum and I remember very early on in our beekeeping 'career' driving up the freeway in peak hour traffic to collect our first swarm, madly messaging Simon, since it was the morning there, about what to do and his best tips! Over the years, we have exchanged laments about weather, information on our respective hive management, and eventually even honey!  I asked Simon to do a guest blog for Honey Month, and it may even be a semi regular thing as Simon does some very interesting queen rearing and breeding! Why did I start keeping bees ? I call my little honey operation Stour Valley Honey, ( not Stour Valley Apiaries who are...

Continue reading



How much honey do you get?

This is a question that I get asked very frequently! The only other question I get asked more is...do you get stung alot? My answer to that one is 'not as much as you think!' But the answer to 'how much honey do you get' is always a tricky and complex one, and I always feel like I am copping out when I say, 'well it depends'. Mainly because it does depend. It depends on the previous winter, the current weather, how much rain there has been in the last six months, and that week. It depends on how windy it is, what pressure systems are around, whether it is cold (under 20 degrees), or hot (over 33 degrees). Previous...

Continue reading



Desert Beekeeping

I was chatting to a fellow beekeeper earlier in the month and he told me this great story: Back in the Sixties, there were no restrictions on beehives, honey or basically any sense of bio-security. So, this old fellow was transporting a semi-trailer of beehives from the East Coast, back to Perth across the Nullarbor. More than 200 hives on the back of this truck, summer and stinking. And if you've seen a beekeepers truck, the 'modern' ones you see now are all from the 70's - old, faded, farting and rusty buckets held together with tape and cable ties. It is hard to imagine what the truck was like in the 60's! (Photos Source: Wikipedia and Tourism Australia) The...

Continue reading



End of Summer

This time of year is FLAT-OUT for beekeepers - there is the summer Red Gum/Marri honey that needs to come in and be extracted - the flow has been very prolific for the last 4-5 weeks. My local wholesaler, Mr B, a career beekeeper for probably 35 years or more, has been waiting for a number of weeks for the honey to make into the shop but the keepers are so busy they can't spare even an hour to bring it in for some pocket money. I ended up with 3 days off from work this week because of  a bee sting to the ankle that made my toes disappear. When I limped in to see Mr B later in the...

Continue reading