Following the amazing presentation from Margaret Strong on her process of candle making from Bees wax, we received this beautiful letter that just had to be shared.
Hi Emma and team at Bee Friendly,
Thank you for asking me to share my candle making skills with your group last week. I had great fun and it has got me going on the candles again. Win/win!
What impressed me most that afternoon was the warmth and friendliness of your welcome and all the ways different ones of you were attentive to my needs throughout the afternoon. The friendly energy of your group is contagious and this is an ingredient I would like to add and multiply in every meeting anywhere. My husband Ron, who came just to support me, had a thoroughly good time and enjoyed all the presentations too.
I am overwhelmed by your spontaneous gift of the Swiss Bee House. It will meet my needs perfectly; supporting my move towards allowing nature to do all the work so that I can enjoy the fun parts of veggie gardening like harvesting and eating! Many of my vegetables are in a deep mulch food forest and I have had the most productive Winter ever. The bees will have plenty of work to do. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. I have a position picked out for the bee house which has morning sun and where I will be able to observe it from the house. It is so beautiful it will be a constant delight.
I intend to be at your next meeting to see what else I can plant to keep native bees healthy and happy throughout the seasons.
What a fantastic August Bee meeting we had, talking about “what to do with all that wax”
Firstly, with Woodend Bee Friendly Society celebrating its 4th Anniversary, Samantha took us on a brief history of the club.
Jim explained and presented his method of removing Bees wax from frames and his method of processing the wax so it can be cleaned of impurities and made into blocks.
Margaret then demonstrated her process of using Jim’s Bees wax to make candles and “shed a light” on different wicks and her working to find a balance between the perfect flame length and candle burning time.
Samantha, returned to talk about and share her personal tried and proven recipes for Bees wax lip balm, Bees wax wraps and threw in a Bees wax furniture polish for a questioning member.
I think all left wondering more about , where to get Bees wax as opposed to what to do with it.
Members of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society spotted the open-air hive in Romsey two months ago. The group’s attempt to protect the hive by building a make shift shelter, tagged the “Armish Hood”, with plans to relocate the bees in Spring.
The Group Leader, Emma Collins, says the bees have become noticeably weaker in the colder weather.
After four amazing years as group leader, David Gormley-O’Brien has stepped down to pursue a new venture with Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.
We would like to thank David for all the time and effort he has contributed, he has been an amazing source of inspiration and motivation for many. We all hope your next venture will bring you as much happiness as you have given this group.
And for the new group leader, Emma Collins, although sliding into some big shoes, your enthusiasm and practical experience i’m sure will have you stomping around in no time. Great luck.
At the WBFS meeting this month Sally Scopel is going to focus on the exciting world of native bees and draw our attention to the hundreds of different species of native bees that could be in our gardens in the Macedon Ranges and neighbouring regions. In this session, Sally will give hints on how to distinguish between flies and wasps; what we can do to encourage native bees to flourish in our gardens; ideas for bee hotels, hints and tips; and an indication of the citizen projects out there where we can record our sightings.
The session promises to be fun with pop quizzes with prizes. All are welcome. Please bring $5 and a small plate to share.