It is Saturday March 2nd. As I write this my view is tinted by the haze of smoke; smoke from bushfires which are burning from north of us around to the east. Thick smoke hangs above bringing an early dusk. The sun, now just a dull red disc, can still be seen well above the tree-line.
On Facebook many are posting of their anxiety for the hives they have in the area, in bushland which may have succumbed to the inferno.
I wonder if any of the bees which are caught in the threatened forest areas are waiting for their white suited visitors to come and annoy them, after all they've got the smoke that precedes these visits. They have plenty of smoke alright, but no-one is going to come, not today and not tomorrow. One thing is for sure, those bees will have their bellies full of honey and be ready to evacuate to save themselves. I expect that next week we will begin to hear stories of hives miraculously spared, close calls and sad losses and the same for the properties, homes and animals of those caught up in this widespread fire event.
Is there any way of making your hives bushfire proof? Nope, save keeping them with you in an urban environment. It's all part of the deal. We leave the girls to forage in large floriferous areas and in turn there is the possibility of them being impacted by bushfires. This is no different than if they had housed themselves in the trunk of a tree or hanging under a rock escarpment.
Our thoughts are with those who hold grave concerns for the many hives which are being kept in all of the bushfire zones.
Last month we had a very successful meeting with a divided Q & A session for the beginners (with Sharon and Graham) and the advanced group (with Rob, Steve & Rob Fransen). These meetings are always popular and valuable for the continued education of our members; a subject we are dedicated to.
I have nothing to report as far as our participation at the Korumburra Show goes. It was a 'baby's bottom' kind of day - Very wet and Very windy! After setup, Colin, Libby, David & myself stayed on for a while and then packed up and went home. It was a shame for our first time attending his show to end up being a no-show-go.
For our March meeting we will welcome Ben Moore from 'Ben's Bees' who will speak about beekeeping, that much I can guarantee but as for the content of his talk, well, I am quite prepared to sit back, relax and be surprised and entertained. I hope you can come along and enjoy his chat with me.
Beginners Corner will continue to precede each meeting - Any feedback is much appreciated
I finish with a non-bee quote from my fav bee expert: the very wise - Winnie the Pooh
❝It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"❞
Bron Barton: President