I have to apologise that I haven't put anything in this blog for a while. I have been very slack and decided I need to stop procrastinating and just do it. Michele, who helps me a lot with Simple Living does a fantastic job of doing a post about the workshops on her blog Going Grey and Slightly Green. So I think I might combine a link to her posts with my photos and that way we can share the load.
Anyway I have been very excited about this beekeeping workshop. Nev Hunt, a member of the local beekeepers association invited us to come to his home to show us his hives. We started with a morning tea on his verandah overlooking the Southern Downs. Nev gave us some background to beekeeping, described the type of equipment that is needed and then showed us some native vegetation that is very good for keeping bees. This book is also really helpful with identify useful vegetation.
Then we took a step walk down to his hives. Nev has about thirty hives. As he explained to us he is starting to close down his hives for the winter. So the bees are not producing as much honey as they would over Spring and Summer.
Nev very kindly asked that the money that was paid for the workshop go towards a charity. I have given the money to the Australian Lutheran World Service Gift of Grace program where we purchased a Kitchen Garden Kit to help a family grow healthy vegetables.