It's September. It's Spring. Father's Day is done and dusted for another year. Happy Father's Day to all the dads!
There's no Father's Day gifts in the world of bees. Poor old dad will never get to see his thousands of daughters break out of their eggs, demanding constant 24/7 attention as they go through many stages of development, some rather, well, awkward'ish. You know, we've all been there; we all went through times when we looked slightly 'icky'. No, dad won't get to share any of that with the sisters and half-sisters. But he can rest easy in the knowledge that none of these kids are going to be allowed to lounge around and sponge off the grown ups. From the moment they can walk, at 21 days, they will be hounded with chore after chore, no sooner perfecting one that being shunted off to another. Then when they are cleared to go out into the big wide world at about 36 days, they will have to work even harder. They won't complain about it either, basically because no one is listening. I think there's a lesson there somewhere.
RIP all the bee dads, your girls have turned out pretty much perfect!
Congratulations to Steve Lovie, our second recipient of the Howard Steven's Award for the Most Valuable Member of the South Gippsland Beekeepers. I'm sure you will all agree Steve is most deserving of the award. It was a delight to have Lucy Stevens to present the award and Debbie Lovie in attendance to proudly watch proceedings.
The award presentation was followed with a short Bio-Security questionnaire which was most informative and thought provoking with a tricky question or two thrown in.
From there Peter Gatehouse took over with a summary of Spring Hive Opening. Thanks Pete, now we just have to wait for the weather to cooperate long enough so that we can get in and see how our hives have fared over this cold rainy winter.
Don't forget to get your phone out whenever you can to record hive and bee 'stuff'. Every now and then there's a pearler of an image caught and I'm more than happy to put any interesting pics into the newsletters, not necessarily all pearlers. Just email me. Thanks.
See you at the September meeting