I've caught so many new bees in the past few days I don't even know where to begin!  One extraction was in a very old steel drum - the drum was old enough that I could cut through it with tin-snips and it had nothing bee-toxic in it.  The house owners said the property was unoccupied for more than a decade.  The colony was absolutely huge and overflowing with honey.

The other big extraction that I did this past week was in an old cabinet.  It, too, was overflowing with honey, and the colony was about 8 years old.  I'm still unsure if I got the queen from either of these hives; there were simply too many bees to find her.  I'll have to wait a week or so for them to calm down in their boxes before I can do a proper check.  Both colonies have brood of all ages though, so if the queen is dead, they can probably raise a new one.

I'll be selling the honey at market in a couple of weeks, once I get it all jarred up.  Both honeys taste amazing - complex, rich flavours, which makes sense given that both were relatively close to large areas of gum trees.  Wild honey like this will be a very limited item!

Hey, we should pull out our Nintendo 64!  I think it's in the old cabinet on the porch...

This is not a barrel of monkeys.

Come on bees, go into the box.