This grass I pass most days and the blossoming happens very very slowly from the bottom up.
There's an Old Dutch South African saying, "A Farmer Makes a Plan". It basically means there are lots of unexpected things in life, but having a plan helps...
The bull banksias are getting ready to bloom.
I've been paying a lot of attention to the wildflowers this year.
We were lucky enough to get involved in this MONSTER BIG CIIE expo in China.
Elixir Honey is going to be in H is for Happiness!
Saw this little beauty on my travels. Loving the wildflowers this year.
Beekeepers get heaps of beeswax. We always try to give it back to the bees to store their honey in, or to set up new foundation combs, but we still have more.
Bees and wasp stings cause 33% of hospital admissions - biggest public health threat in Australia.
The forests near us are full of jarrah, marri and karri trees
This guy came to say hello while I when past on my walk
Jarrah trees are all around us down here along with Marri and Karri. They have nice straight bark and the branches don't hang down as much as Marri trees do. Eucalyptus marginata grows up to 40 meters high. Our beekeepers guide says 'honey flows erratic', which is funny and true. Jarrah honey is:
Antioxidants are compounds that help protect body cells against free radical damage that leads to oxidation and subsequent cell damage. Free radicals can potentially accelerate the ageing process and aid disease.
The UAF® in Acacia honey ranges up to 80 whilst that of Manuka honey can be 300 and Jarrah honey around 600. . The majority of Australian honeys are rated at UAF® 50 to 800, more than 50 is considerable of high in antioxidants. Source: http://uafinfo.org.au/antioxidants-uaf
We've always tried to have a nice farm stall, but recently we got all motivated...
The fabulous Karri tree is one of the top 10 largest living things in the world.
Phones have been running hot this week with the news of big honey players selling imported honey that's not even honey!
The school bus shelter is a bit of an institution in the country, as is the school bus...
I'm a haphazard gardener who works in fits and starts. But sometimes it just all somehow comes together and looks beautiful to me. And I have to keep coming back to admire it.
Romy Surtees works with Glenn Pattinson at Elixir Honey, the rural Western Australian good honey business that helps to keep busy people healthy & energised.