Last month, a group of us headed north to spend a day with beekeeper Lynda Evans as part of a CFWI event.
In the morning, we sat in the sunshine in Lynda’s beautiful garden as she explained the process to us – and we all came away with new-found respect for beekeepers and the hard work they do. Lynda has 35 colonies but at one point had 60! And this is in addition to her full-time office job.
After that came the moment we’d all been waiting for – the donning of the bee suits! Amid giggles, we all managed to get ourselves dressed in our suits, wellies and Marigolds, and were ready to meet the bees.
The walk to Lynda’s hives too us through fields where we met a turkey, a cockatoo and a pony – all friendly and eager to join us.
Once we reached the hives, Lynda opened one up for us to see the bees. We were amazed at how clearly we could see them returning to the hive with their bright pink or yellow pollen-laden legs! It was truly an eye-opener.
Back in the garden, we divested ourselves of our very warm bee suits and settled in to eat our sandwich lunches and talk about bees.
After lunch, it was time for some candle-making, using the beeswax Lynda collects from her hives to melt down. We took turns patiently dipping our wicks into a big pot of wax and eventually were rewarded with beautiful amber-coloured tapers!
Before going home, Lynda gave us all cake slathered with clotted cream and her own delicious honey. We all came home with jars of honey, beeswax furniture polish, candles and a huge amount of new knowledge about the importance of bees.
What a wonderful day it was!
Click here to see lots more photos of our day.