I have been a bee keeper for just over 1 year. As there are no clubs within my area I have learnt by trial and error and from the internet. I have increased my apiary by 2 hives in spring when 2 swarms arrived but I lost a hive during the 45 degree days over summer. As I live in suberbia I am unable to increase my qty of hives as the boss (my wife) has put her foot down as the yard is small. I am going to offer my hives to others for crop pollination and this way I may be able to increase my numbers. I am handy with wood work and I make most of my hives. I make a polishing wax from the bees wax and this is used on all my woodworking.
David Risk [NR68] (29th May 2014) , Albury, NSW 2640