Hey Bee People,
I have been hovering for the past couple of weeks and thought I’d better introduce myself. I think I’ve been dragging my heels because my introduction to beekeeping is a bit sad for me to talk about!
I have loved bees since I was a kid and helped with my first harvest at about 9 years old unsuited - I felt that if I was super gentle the bees wouldn’t sting me and they didn’t. We used to visit ‘the honey man’ on a regular basis and it was always one of my favourite outings.
I started working for Flow a few years ago and have been dabbling and learning… catching swarms, helping with inspections, harvesting a bit of honey, and reading A LOT.
I got my first hive set up last year but sadly lost my colony to AFB. The good news is that I had read a lot, got an app on my phone for pest identification, and by coincidence we had also had a rep from DPI visit to discuss what to look out for - so I was able to identify it ‘super’ fast (before the stink kicked in). The bad news is that by law (and for the protection of other bees in the area) I had to euthanase my colony. I cried while I did it and felt like the worst person ever.
I have recently moved and had a baby, but will be getting a hive set up again as soon as I have settled in properly - my love of bees has not been diminished by the experience and I have learnt a lot and gained confidence in my knowledge and intuition about what is happening in the hive.
I should also let you know that the lovely Faroe is foraging further afield these days (I will miss her - as I’m sure many of you will) - so I will be hovering about in the background here if you need anything.
I have been enjoying reading some of the threads on this forum and look forward to getting to know you all a little through your posts and continuing to learn about bees as you share your knowledge.
Freebee (coincidentally my nickname since forever)