To all Newbees like me, may I recommend getting in touch with your local Bee Association to increase your knowledge and skill in this new industry. Nothing like hands on experience.
I had the absolute pleasure to attend the Nepean Branch (Western Sydney) meeting today where I was welcomed with wide open arms. 5hrs was spent on Honey Extraction with all hands on deck and I only got stung 3 x times (first time in 30yrs). Members were so overwhelmingly supportive in giving me the best experience and advise available. With extracting the honey the old fashioned way, I can now see first hand why there 'had to be a better way' and the Flow Hive was born. Well done Flow Team !!!!
After reading other newbees experiences, I must admit that I was somewhat nervous about what response I would get from old hand members, but it was ALL positive. The members of this particular branch were certainly not against the Flow Hive, quite the opposite actually, with one experienced member being the proud owner of a Flow Hive.
I could not have expected to experience a more dedicated group of fun loving people who were so very passionate about their hobby and passing on their wisdom.
Man, with bees in your life, who needs to take illicit drugs, I'm on a forever 'natural high' . And after todays meeting with the Branch, I'm really 'buzzing' I'm now going to bee crossing every day off the calendar until the next meeting (second Sunday of every month that is for any local Westie or Mountain people).
EVERYONE, Just do yourself a huge favour and attend a meeting !!!