Today was a good day for me! I did some spring cleaning in my hives and did the rounds, chatting up the little ladies.
The hopeful thing I saw was that in every hive I looked into at the permaculture farm I found queens, honey, and pollen. A few hives were so full I had to add on extra boxes. There is so much pollen and nectar in Mt Gambier! People ask me why I like keeping my bees close to town, and why I don't keep them in the country like other beekeepers. The above picture explains it better than I ever could. Who wants to eat the same food every day? Bees sure don't. And they don't select their pollen based on nutritional value or sheer quantity - they go after specific odors and textures. Not unlike what I would go for, if I were out shopping or making a meal. My honey tastes unique because it's truly multi-floral. I can hardly wait to taste the recipe my bees have cooked up this spring.