Late June was the Redcliffe Show at which the Northside Beekeepers Association played host at the honey court.
Past president Les in all his glory with Peter
A few of the entries in the honey judging
Queen bee Norma manning the store
Heaps of members turned up to lend a hand and talk to the public all about bees.
It was one year ago that I attended my first ever Bee club meeting, and I vividly recall the excitement as members received their prizes from the 2015 Redcliffe Show.
So I was excited to be one of those lucky people last night receiving my first prize in the Novice category.
Even more exciting was that the honey was from a single Flow Hive frame from Madonna’s hive. I think that’s a first!
First prize blue ribbon Novice
Next stop is The Ekka!!
We live in a very lucky land and a very lucky city. In spite of grim grey skies over Brisbane, my garden insists on thriving.
While not a whole lot of variety for the bees, my girls are still getting good pollen and nectar from lavender, Rosemary, cosmos, chilli, rocket and apricots (I know weird right).
Brisbane – perfect place for a bee to be!
I think all apiarists particularly when starting out, can’t help but tell anyone who will listen about “their girls” and the first flush of success.
At least in the initial stages when the novelty of bee keeping has not worn thin, friends, neighbours and nearby shop keepers will hear the ‘how I started story’ multiple times.
No one wants to think they are boring their audience, so I was delighted when I turned up for dinner with friends, who I haven’t seen since I started bee keeping but have been following my exploits online, to have received a beeutiful Alex Munroe bee necklace from long time school friend Yasmin tonight.
Perfect gift for anyone a little beesotted with their girls
This post is a little long in coming but as is the way with most bee-keeping, time gets away from you.
Back in March, I entered the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Field Day 2016 – honey competition. Honey is judged in various categories – based on the consistency and colour of honey and I will admit that I was pretty unsure of what categories my honey needed to be in. Fortunately with a little guidance, I was encouraged to enter 4 different categories – two based on colour and two based on their granular nature.
While bee-buddy Nadine and I went out to the Field Day to drop off our entries, we decided to not wait til the judging since it was a good 5 hours hence.
So it was with much whooping and high-fives to discover later that afternoon via the NBKA Facebook page that I had won First Prize for Granulated Honey – Fine!
Granulated Honey is not often seen on supermarket shelves as consumers are often unaware that crystallization is a natural and normal process. In fact, my granulated honey is going to be used for my first ever batch of creamed honey which will be released at the same time as the new Virgin Honey branded product.