Outback travelling with the beekeeper.
Outback Australia can’t get much better until you see Emus they are seriously cool.
So yesterday we went out to check some beesites that we have and wanted to know wether there was any canola crops in at these places or at least some amazing wildflower varieties that help the bees 🐝 breed more amazing female Honey collectors, that’s right all the bees are girls in the hive the male has the fantastic job of impregnating the queen then he dies from exhaustion and testosterone overload.
So as we travelled from our little property east of Gel Innes Nsw we discovered the country was dry and parched just as you see in the typical Drysden paintings but, is the country usually this dry or do we just get to see Mother Nature on a less then perfect day?
Well to Anwser this I think we have to look at the fantastically complicated weather patterns that Australia has. You see Australia’s weather tends to run in seven year cycles with this you have about three years of bad drought, two to three years of in between weather so neither wet nor dry just constant and then of cause the all important one to two years of floods etc. so as you can see that this can make farming crops or stock a little more challenging then your average job. Can you really make a living in these situations? Of cause you can and not only can you make a living you can do really, really well in a bumper year.
So as it happens it’s very dry and there was none of this happening ( not a bumper year for us) but it was a fabulous drive anyway and I got to check out the Mehi River and the surrounding areas with the family.
I love the travel that I do with Stuart and the kids that is bee related, I learn more about our natural environment then most people would and I also see the great importance of our farmers, the good and bad farming practices and also the manor importance of our magical little bee friends.Next time you go to these super market for that all important jar of honey, I would love to impart a couple of fun facts on the little guys, firstly they need to make 3.9kg of honey for every 500g of beeswax of which is in a lot of different beauty products, cleaning and medical products that we use daily, secondly they pollinate( place pollen from one flower to the next) all those lovely fresh fruit and veggies you eat ( even the frozen varieties) this helps to increase yeild(amount of crops) which means that the price can’t jump super high due to excess of crops, thirdly the all important fact that your store Brough honey may come from China or is fake ( yes honey can be fake) it could have ( and usually does) fillers like high fructose corn syrups, and lastly on the fun facts is that a SPOONFUL of honey every day has been said to alleviate coughs, sore throats, fight off cancer ( check with doctor before you take this advice) boost your immune system, keep seasonal allergies at bay, reduce cholesterol and helps you get a good nights sleep, pretty amazing hey! With all these things you can see and also Google the wonderful effects of honey with its making antimicrobial, anti fungal, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
So check out and find your local beekeeper for some of the good stuff as this also helps them to do the fabulous job they do and also stops the big companies bringing in foreign honies that don’t have what us Aussies need.
Happy honey hunting….