Bees need hot weather for honey. Plants produce the most nectar when the weather is hot and humid.
The last 12 months has been difficult for bees, because of the inclement weather. However, with the first little burst of summery weather, they are out in their thousands (well, probably millions!). The hives have been re-queened and are humming with activity.
The next generation of bee keepers are learning the ropes.
Grandpa John selects a hive and each grand child, on reaching the age of 11, is donned in bee keeping gear and given their own hive.
Michaela is now 15. She has a lemon coloured hive with a Collingwood sticker.
Eli has a white hive with a bulldog sticker.
Osker didn't stay in his bee suit long enough to be photographed (he's the one in the green tee shirt). He has a white hive with a Collingwood sticker.
Three more boys to go!