Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bees in Whaingaroa..

Yesterday, a friend and I ran a beekeeping taster at Barbara`s scenic west coast property - the wild Whaingaroa (Raglan) coast. Barbara has been keeping bees for 30 years and has 2 hives in a paddock next to their gorgeous `Raglan` home which looks out into the bush and waves.We had 6 people including 2 children arrive, all keen to learn.
The smaller hive has the gentle Italian bees, the other, the slightly more aggressive Carniolins, both busy in the sunshine.
Thanks to another beekeeping friend Cally, we had enough suits for everyone to get up close after a session inside learning some of the basics. It was lovely and sunny with the bees quite calm.

The horse in the paddock next door was very curious, she even put her nose into the open hive ! She didn`t get stung which was amazing as there were alot of bees flying around .
A chat about the bees with lots of questions. I really enjoy these days, it is great to educate and pass on my passion for keeping bees.
I had taken my small model TopBar hive and written info on using a TB , I think acouple of the people might think about using one.

1 comment:

Doris said...

Looks like a really lovely day and a very fun time!