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THE BEES!!! (and other random bits)

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! The excitement at my place today!  We are now proud owners of bees - about 4000 Paul assured my young son today as he was trying to count up all our pets.  (Just in case you were curious - 1 dog, 1 cat, 6 chickens, a rescued cockatiel, 2 fish, the worms and now our bees -> all of them are named.  "Wormy worms" for the worms and now "Queenie and the Broodies" for the collectives).  Even my teenage daughter, who, if she wasn't part Phillapino, would be as pale as a vampire from her lack of outdoorsness, suited up along with me and Zack to watch the bees go in their hive.  AMAZING!  Thanks to Paul from Brisbane backyard bees for my beautiful hive and Lissa - your blogs made me think it was all possible.  Here are some of the photo's.

My eldest daughter took this from the trampoline - she's a little bit wary of the bees.

Here it is, all set up.

A trip to bunnings to put some flowers underneath.

The view from the viewing window.

My busy little darlings already returning with pollen.

And one already gave her life to exhaustion.  Saw this little one fall from the hive as I was planting underneath, she stumbled around for about 5 min and then died. 

Even more excitement today, my delivery from fowlers arrived.  I am now in the possession of a preserving kit and dehydrator.  Just in time too as I am about to have a glut of banana's.  We still have 3 hands left (of about 12 banana's each) and have 2 full ones inside and the last of them are now showing signs of ripening. 

My Kerriberry arrived and has gone into a little pot.  Depending on how demanding it gets - it will be transferred to a large blue wicking barrel. 

Some  gorgeous sunflowers that managed to survive the plague of grasshoppers that devastated everything. Strawberries (10 x redland joy and 10 x sugar baby) have all survive the transplant and have new leaves developing.

Raspberries (bicentennial) - only one cane but have been getting 2-3 berries per day.  Can't wait till next year.

My Rosella's.  I have a large freezer bag full of these at the moment and am going to do one final harvest before my mum gets here next week.  She is going to show me how to make Rosella jam with the fowlers jars and preserving kit. 

Well,  I think that's enough to keep me busy for a while.  Happy gardening guys.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 2, 2015 at 20:40

Oh cool, a top bar hive! Endless fun they are just so good to watch. Did you get a 'Queen-right' hive or is the Queen yet to be mated?

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