Sunday, 30 March 2014

Gala preparation

We have been busy making bee magnets to sell at the gala.

We enjoyed making the candles as the beeswax smells so delicious!

We had to make the candles outside in the warmth of the sun so the beeswax didn't break. 

We made flowers on sticks to put in pot plants. 
We are excited to have our own stall at the gala. We will be selling all these neat handmade products and delicious honey from the Bee Lady. We are happy that we can help to raise money for our school and share what we have learnt this term about bees.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Bee Keeper Visit

Listening to Bee Keeper Chris. 

Chris in his Bee Keeper gear.
To protect him from getting stung he wears rubber gloves and gumboots. He has a special hat that attaches to the body suit that he wears. The bees can try to sting him but their stinger wont get through the material. 

Special scraping tool used to clean the hive.

Chris explaining how the smoker calms the bees down.
They think their hive is on fire so they race around eating all the honey.
They get rather full and slow down.  

Chris brought us some bees wax to make candles. 

Chris has hives all over Auckland. He brought us one of his hives to look at. The Queen bee lives in the bottom hive. The hive has a hole where the bees can get in and out. 

Chris showed us the different ways that you can make the frame. 

This is a new way using plastic.

Chris used his tool to scrape the honey the bees have made on the frame. 

We had a go at pumping the smoker.

We tried on an old style bee keepers hat. Chris likes this one as it protects you from the sun. The new hats they make you need to put sunscreen on as the sun comes through the mesh at the top.

Trying on gloves.

Holding scraping tool.

Putting the frame back in the hive.