Beekeeping. From bust to boom and back again.

Do you know what’s flowering in your environment? Do you know if they are good for bees or honey production? Would you be able to take 10-500 bees stings for a days work? I know that I couldn’t as it hurts and then I get a little sick ( allergic to bees).

What do you think a beekeeper does and how much honey do you think they get?

The start of spring has definitely not been what we expected to start with it was dry and therefore we struggled to get our usual season openers of Honey.

By now the honey has usually been flowing well for around 6-8 weeks and we have a constant supply which usually means Honey for our regular and supportive customers, this season however I have had to call and let them know that we would be unable to supply Honey at the moment.

Fast forward to now and we have had a nice amount of rain that has put flowers on gum trees and smiles on faces. Just two weeks ago we were talking about moving bees due to the lack of honey and then the night Stuart and Mike go down to get the bees a lot are full.

Empty to full in just two weeks, that’s how awesome honey production can be one minute your struggling to fill a bucket next your getting 44 gallon drums full.

Now this is not out of the ordinary in fact pretty normal but, when Stu decided to check the bees yesterday and told me they had an awesome shake of iron bark nectar I was ecstatic to say the least.

Honey production can bee (is) hard work and unpredictable which isn’t an understatement, but when the going is good we all reap the rewards of the hard work.

The climate plays a massive role in our line of work as does Stuart’s knowledge of the flora of different areas. He has to know when and where to move the bees, what’s flowering and if what’s flowering is good for the bee or will cause disease or make them run dry or wether it is all nectar and no pollen or vis versa he also needs to be aware of the temper of the bees on any given day ( they say women are hormonal wait till you catch the bees on a cranky day woo)they can change from morning to evening deepening on cloud, humidity etc there is a lot to it when it all boils down.

If we all had the knowledge that beekeepers carry we would be able to work the land and even our backyard to produce the products that was beneficial to our families.

If Beekeeping was easy everyone would be doing it and if we could all take the stings that they dish out we wouldn’t think twice about becoming one ourselves but we don’t and that’s why it is only a small amount of these people that make it their life’s work.

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Would you abuse a yoga teacher?

In a restaurant, bar, club, hotel, gym, health club etc you have a right to refuse custom to some people unless it is on religion, race, or disability! So why is it that we expect and demand that yoga teachers, massage therapist, and natural therapist accept unequivocally those that come into our space? Why is it that when we see a person that is ill mannered, rude, abusive or a repeat bad mouthing person that we are ostrosized for refusing entry? Is it really wrong and egotistical to refuse to serve someone in our line of work?

The thing is if you get drunk and abusive at the pub, restaurant etc you can be cut off and asked to leave the premises. If you are a massage therapist that works for an organisation you can complain and have that person that grabbed you banned, but if you work for yourself and tell the person that their behaviour is offensive and that they are not allowed back unless they change you are ridiculed as being egotistical, to good for some people, overly picky and just plain and simple not zen. Is it right to assume that we are to accept bad behaviour from others if we teach something that is spiritually based, do we really have to continually put our own moral observances aside for this? 

I have had teachers tell me stories of classes where students behaved sexually even after being asked to stop, not just men women too, I have been told how they have been sworn at due to someone going beyond their capabilities despite being told to stop, I have recently been told about a teacher that was physically and verbally assaulted by a private client. This assault left her stressed and unable to do private lessons for a good while.

These are all very real things that can happen as a teacher of yoga, not common in our line of work but, real none the less. Myself, I haven’t had any of this, I do however choose to focus mainly on female classes this lead to being called a femisinist and covinist but, once I explained my reasoning the person understood why. It wasn’t that I have a problem with men, just simply women train and express themselves differently to men and some women find it a little daunting to have male class members.

I like to give everyone a go, I like to teach yoga, I love to learn from those that I meet at each and every class, and I love to be safe and nurtured in the environment I’m in.  I would, will but haven’t had to refuse classes to anyone yet but compared to others my journey is still young. All I can ask is that each and every person please show respect for those around you and if you wouldn’t like it done to you, your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or grandparents then think before you do it to us.

Stay safe and beautiful everyone.




The day I got unfriended on Facebook!

So I have this “friend” or so I thought until I went to send her a message to see how she was doing, I had a message come up saying she wasn’t taking messages right now, so off I trotted to her Facebook page to get her number and low and behold found out that I had been unfriended. Well this was a surprise as I have only been unfriended by a relative before never a so called friend. Did I know that I thought she was a friend and she didn’t think the same despite talking to me constantly about her problems, travels, house sales, earnings and courses she was doing? No I definitely  saw her as a friend and loved her keeping me posted about her travels and relationship stuff. 

So what is this movement where people unfriend you but can’t tell you? What is it that people find so difficult to communicate? If I have a issue with someone that is supposed to be a friend (or relative) I don’t use social media as a way of disconnecting, and I also pick up the phone and call them instead of using a messenger device. 

So many people connect with people these days through social media, when they meet someone in the street, at a yoga day, shopping, at a restaurant etc they assume the best way to stay in contact is to go through Facebook. This particular lady and I meet a a yoga day and she contacted me constantly and we became close accauintances and we talked back and forth as she went through some pretty dramatic life events. We became contacts on Facebook and I still contacted her both by phone and on messenger, she is an extraordinary lady that has lead a interesting life.

So why the sudden disconnect? Why the sudden unfriend? What has changed that I haven’t see? Should I confront her and ask? Should I leave it alone? 

My response will be the same as always, just leave it alone as she has been the one to disconnect not me and if she wishes to speak to me again I will be the same as always, this is the way I handled the relative and I will handle any in the future, but this doesn’t cure the curiosity that surrounds this type of behaviour and I am sure that the person would be curious, vexed or just plain annoyed if the boot was on the other foot.

So the big question for everyone out there is  HAVE YOU BEEN UNFRIENDED or HAVE YOU UNFRIENDED SOMEONE? why all us curious by nature would love to know the dynamics of this behaviour so let’s us know.

Smile the world needs brightening up. 😄