Bees are amazing. They have managed to fit into pretty much the whole world (except Antarctica and the Arctic Circle) in a way that doesn't kill other animals or plants to live...
Since 2004 when we started beekeeping proper, there's been doom & gloom in the bee news.
This grass I pass most days and the blossoming happens very very slowly from the bottom up.
The bull banksias are getting ready to bloom.
I've been paying a lot of attention to 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
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
The fabulous Karri tree is one of the top 10 largest living things in the world.
On the radio this week, ABC talked about 'Biophilia'. Apparently we all love nature and thrive and recover better when exposed to it. .
There are about 20,000 known species of bees.
Pollination is the key thing that bees do for our Planet Earth.
Romy Surtees works with Glenn Pattinson at Elixir Honey, the rural Western Australian good honey business that helps to keep busy people healthy & energised.