This is someone's place near Taggerty, the property had a huge cherry orchard on it, and this bee hive was apparently abandoned, in a wattle grove nearby. Apparently they had been sitting there untouched for 6 months or so. The box was full to capacity. We opened up the box, had a look, scraped off all the burr comb on top (and kept it - very tangy honey), and left it there. Someone else already had dibs on it.
|This is the first time we tried out the gear, as we hadn't even opened up our own hive at this stage.|
First time lighting the smoker. Probably a bit over the top with the gloves. but no-one was stung, so all good.
|Loads of burr comb. We took this and got the honey out of it.|
|we were sorely tempted to grab a frame or two of this honey. Looked magnificent.|