Canberra

Strapping the loaded hives into the ute

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

Our Queen Bee - Kathy, making sure we don't forget anything

Our Queen Bee – Kathy, making sure we don’t forget anything

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.

A beautiful afternoon in the country

A beautiful afternoon in the country

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.

Placing the ventilation screens on the hives

Placing the ventilation screens on the hives

 

Placing the hive straps on the hives

Placing the hive straps on the hives

 

A hive ready to go to Canberra

A hive ready to go to Canberra

 

One last bit of fussing - brushing off the grass

One last bit of fussing – brushing off the grass

 

Healthy hives full of bees are quite heavy

Healthy hives full of bees are quite heavy

 

Loading the hive into the ute

Loading the hive into the ute

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. :-)

The hives are ready to go they leave behind one of the most stunning bee sites our family has

The hives are ready to go and they leave behind one of the most stunning bee sites

 

Strapping the loaded hives into the ute

Strapping the loaded hives into the ute

 

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.

 

The first hives were delivered into Canberra in the dark

The first hives were delivered into Canberra 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”.

By the time we got to the suburb of Harrison it was dawn

By the time we got to the suburb of Harrison it was dawn

 

A stunning colour co-ordinated hive in the suburb of Harrison

A stunning colour co-ordinated hive in the suburb of Harrison

 

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.

 

Adrienne and Steve from the ABC 7.30 Report

Adrienne and Steve from the ABC 7.30 Report

 

Kind Regards

Carmen and the Honey Delight Family

 

 

 

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