Australians told that buying local honey is the only guarantee of its purity



One in five samples of local honey sourced along the eastern seaboard of Australia, including boutique brands, has been found to be fake, deepening the global scandal over the impurity of honey, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

“The only way to guarantee that you are getting real bona fide honey is to buy it from a local producer where you can see it coming out of the hive or you produce your own honey yourself. That’s really the only deadset guarantee at this moment in time,” said Professor Mark Taylor from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University.

via Fake honey scandal widens to Australian-sourced brands

Swarm of bees in my back garden

There’s been a lot of interest from scouts bees around these old supers I have awaiting new wax in my garden over the past few days.

So I didn’t miss a swarm (they won’t be mine, as I don’t have any bees nearby), I cracked the supers open to give them access.

Then I ordered some cardboard nucleus boxes I have had my eye on for swarms the other day, which arrived yesterday (23 May).

Anyway, there was a lot more interest before midday, so I put a camera out for a time lapse video (later as needs to be uploaded) and before half past noon, it was on.

Here’s a little video of most of the action. The tray on top is simply there to protect the box as it got wet overnight and it also rained again this morning.

There will also be a timelapse video coming soon…



New year, new prices


Having held our prices steady for several years, we have had to put up the price of our 1lb/454g jar to £7.50.

Some of you will be aware this might happen, but I’m afraid with fuel prices rising again and inflation – yes, real honest to goodness inflation again, people – along with the cost of equipment, jars, labels, etc, we had no option but to increase the price.

We had considered a larger price increase, but we want local people to enjoy a high quality local product. So, the good news is that the price of our large jar has only gone up by 50p.

Nothing else has changed. Our honey will still be the high quality, delicious sweet stuff you want in your tea or porridge, or perhaps for coughs and colds or a skin complaint.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon.