Bees……we need them like we need sunshine and rain!
Hi my name is Debbie, and I love keeping bees! I started with one hive, then three and then after making a conscious decision that four was enough…. I now have seven!
I had toyed with the idea of getting a bee hive on and off for a few years, but I never went ahead as I’d decided it all seemed too hard. Then, a hive I had ordered a year earlier, which had never arrived, arrived. Very early in the morning, in the dark, rather unexpectedly!
So I was thrown in the deep end so to speak with no canoe or paddle, not even a pair of floaties!.
I felt a strong responsibility to these little critters though even though I didn’t have a clue, so I was determined not to sink. Good old Face Book helped me locate a Beekeeping Club about an hour away in Ballarat, and they were my saving grace, as was a local beekeeper who took me under his wing and helped me along. This was early in March 2016.
Approximately two years ago my husband and I moved up to Yackandandah from Hepburn Springs and of course the ‘girls’ came too. I come from up this way. When the girls stepped out of their hives here early in May 2017 they thought they were in a second summer compared to where they had gone to bed just the night before….they were smiling for weeks.
I bought my first Paradise Honey Beehive when I was looking to re-house my original hive at the start of winter as it was an old box with a rotting floor.
I was looking on the internet and saw photos of a triple box Paradise Polystyrene Honey Bee Hives and a wooden triple hive next to it taken with a thermal camera in winter. I was amazed at the difference in heat mass in the two hives. The heat was not being transferred to the outside in the Paradise Honey Hive and the bees were using/working most of the hive instead of having to form the tight cluster to keep warm that they usually do. Which was evident in the wooden hive along with obvious external heat being lost through the outside walls . This superior thermal benefit for my girls appealed to me and later I found the light weight of these hives also a huge benefit when lugging boxes around especially if full of honey.
Once we had settled in here I realized there was a lack of places to buy beekeeping gear locally. Again I put off the thought of having a little retail outlet here from my wee bee shed until recently when the Paradise Honey Hives became available as an agency. I decided then to take the plunge because I believe in them and would like to help other like minded beekeepers get their precious girls into Paradise Honey Bee Hives. I don’t intend to carry every beekeeping gadget ever invented, just the items new beekeepers need to get started and of course the fab range of Paradise Honey Bee Hives. Anyway, I will see where it goes….
Our Local BEECLUB
It was evident from conversations I was having with local folk that there was a strong interest around from budding beekeepers plus there were a number of ‘newbeeks’ in the wider area too. So where could these folk go to learn, find out information and share experiences …..well there wasn’t anywhere…..they needed a club! They needed a club like the one that helped me. After a year or so I gave into the thought and posted a notice on the Community FB page for anyone interested in coming to a Beekeeping meeting. First meeting was dismal with only one turning up (thanks Sarah) but since then the response has been nothing short of remarkable!
When you are starting out in Beekeeping you can feel overwhelmed with your lack of knowledge about these buzzing (sometimes stinging) tricky little creatures. There is a lot to learn but you don’t need to know it all at once. I encourage you to check if you have a beekeeping club in your area and attending a few times before getting a beehive. Everyone at the meeting is there because they have an interest in beekeeping and bees and want to learn and/or have the experience to help others. You never stop learning in this hobby…..the bees see to that!
Yackandandah Beekeepers Club is on the first Thursday of each month at the Men’s Shed in Yackandandah.
For meeting agenda check our FB page at “YackaBees” or send me a message.
So here I am, Debzzz Beekeeping Paradise….. hope to see you at my ‘bee shed’ or a bee club soon!