I’m Nick, and i have the calling to return to Beekeeping after 25 years away!
I’ve been following the progress of the Flow Hive with great interest since the start. and have read and researched enough now, in that i’ve just ordered a Flow Hive 2 ( to be delivered in October ),
I remember the days so well, the equipment required to extract, filter and bottle, and of course vast amounts of hot water used and run to waste then in the clean up procedure afterwards!
Of course, once done, the equipment needs storing away ‘till the next time.
Space and storage for my partner and i is at a premium as we live on a boat, so not requiring the additional equipment of old is so convenient for us.
We live very simply, moored on the edge of farmland, surrounded by countryside, close to a village on the Canal.
We grow our own veg / herbs, share an orchard with various fruit trees, ( incidentally where our hive will be sited ) and are slowly introducing a wild wild flower area with a blend of 19 species of nectar and pollen rich annual and perennial flowers.
Incidentally, i’d be interested to hear if anyone has had any success in growing the ‘Leptospermum Scoparium’ or Tea Tree / Manuka bush here in Buckinghamshire / Northamptonshire. I’ve recently ordered a 3 yr old plant from a nursery so hopefully in time it will grow well and fill a gap, so to speak!
So, here’s looking forward to next Spring ‘19…exiting times ahead and back to beeing with bees!
Happy Beekeeping everyone…nice meeting you :~)