I have moved this post to the appropriate one. Dissappointed someone didn't give me a kick and say somewthing like "How about posting this in Books you silly old fool."
Anyway its here now and I have been looking at books and books on the web and at the local library.
I now have 3 books on my list.
1.The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture which @JeffH suggested and I have just purchased the 1983 ed second hand for $14 plus $8 postage from a South Australian 2nd hand bookshop. Haven't got it yet but sounds good."Hardcover leather bound in excellent condition with some small rub marks on the cover."
2. The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally: Volumes I, II, & III Beek (Hardcover) but second hand copies are almost the price of new copy. So I am still hunting that but I can wait till the right one comes.
3. Last but not least is 'The Australian Beekeeping Manual" by Robert Owen. which @Schnucki suggested. Had a look at this in the library and thought yes this is a book I really like and will buy.
Thank you Schnucki.
In the hunt for books I downloaded 2 excellant books which I found fascinating
1.At the Hive Entrance by H. Storch. I had seen some else recommend this and the cover picture got me in. I started reading it online but soon discovered how interesting it was so downloaded it. Easy reading in a sort of tabulated form. Worth a look.
2. Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee a Beekeepers Manual by L. L. Langstroth. Published in 1853 I thought I might struggle with the style but not so. What an interesting man with a homely style of writing which makes it so easy to read. I am even tempted to buy the book. The religious references are minor and not distracting so don't let it put you off. I have read about 1/3 of it to date and just want to get back to it. It is 395 pages long so needs a bit of time. In a nut shell this book is a great reference source, surprisingly entertaining with an easy reading style.
As good as PDf's and online books are, I still feel more comfortable reading a "proper" book.
You can skip forward and back much more easily in the comfort of your lounge chair. It is quicker to grab of the shelf and get to where you want and the words blur just as easy after a few beers as a computer screen.
Oh and for the young ones around my age it is much easier to get a quick nap in undetected.
For one you don't rick your neck as you recover just before your head is about to hit the keyboard and that dreaded question "If your sleeping why don't go to bed?" is more easily answered " no I'm just reading about the how , Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre, discovered the remains of Herculaneum in 1738, fascinating"