Greg and Rose [the eager students] change into the beekeeping veils, gloves and tuck their pants into their socks. Karl starts his smoker with some dead grass, and then feeds it with eucalyptus leaves. [I guess the bees wont have any sinus problems tonight ~ lol]
Karl carefully smokes the bees and then allows them time to fill their bellies with honey. The more honey they eat, the more difficult it becomes for them to bend their abdomen and sting you! So give them a good few minutes before you open up the hive.
He removes the last frame and shows his very eager students the difference between capped and uncapped honey.
Aah the reason we keep bees! YUM YUM. Kalla looks so well rested and happy! He loves his bees.
Karl shows them an older frame and again Greg is the ever eager student, Waving a salute!
Greg gets up close and personal with the beehive while Karl teaches him the fundamentals
AAAAHHH! Greg has his honey all tucked away from the bees!
More sharing of beekeeping ideas and bee biology. Rose is totally fascinated and loves look at the bees and the hive activity.
Can you see the uncapped shining honey inside the comb? On the far left, you can see some capped honey.
Oh my! What has Karl found, he gently removes the bees with his bare hands to expose....
A brood frame with a queens cell at the bottom! Look at all the bees in his hand, he is so kind and gentle with them that he does not get stung.
Our basic equipment, excluding the hive tool.
The low tech hive gets sealed up with a piece of corrugated iron and a nut and bolt on either side.
Thank you bees for the lovely honey!