My passion for honey bees started as many things in my life, by reading a book; it was a birthday gift few days before leaving UK in 2009 and the title was “a world without bees”, and guests are happy to take it off the shelf of my library and read it @PrimopassoSeaGarden
But I missed some practice to become an apirist myself, so I googled for easy concepts and bee friendly, and I came across some Aussie nice folks Crowfunding their prototype. It soon became a worldwide success and now almost everywhere you can find the brand @Flow Hive, which you see in the picture
Once I had my hive, I still missed the bees… and here come one of the special friends I bumped into my life as a matter of destiny: Carlo Amodeo, the apirist who saved the local sicilian black bee from being neglected and lost in memory. Carlo came to Primo Lasso water mill in 2009, but 10 years after was immediately available to support the former investment banker in achieving a quite different goal: look after his black bees, and eventually offer some honey for friends and guests.
In my first year I made several classic mistakes but never gave up and learnt as much as I could from it. In May I felt lost because my queen left along with many youngers without me even noticing, as I was too excited to wait for honey.
The frames had to be scale down from 8 to 5, but in just 4 weeks the hive recover its population, thanks to the egg laying of the young new queen.
After 10 years from the first page of the book, I still have not enjoyed a sì for jar of honey, yet I am happy like a kid watching the blue sea for the first time. More news to come soon.