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OK, so this post borders on narcissism, BUT anyone who makes a product will tell you that there is nothing like the thrill you get when you see it loved in someone’s home.  And so, a few photographs that I snapped when I was staying with Joost & Jen (+ girls, dog, chooks & bees)…

Bee Bottles, Vases & Jars

Bee Bust & other assorted Queen B goodies

Broken bottles from Dom installation & Queen B reversible candleholders

Joost’s beehives… pollinating his 9 acres of flowers & veggie patch

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Last week I opened the hive to see how things were going (very well it would seem) and I managed to get a sneaky shot of the other queen…

Queen B's queen bee

Queen B's queen bee

She’s the large one in the centre looking like she’s tired and over laying eggs!

A couple of other beautiful shots too… the one following is of a worker bee cleaning her proboscis (that’s the bee’s mouth) which is straw-like to allow her to suck nectar from the flowers.

Proboscis polishing

Proboscis polishing

The photograph below shows worker bees coming back to the hive with full pollen baskets (on their back legs).  The bees fly into a flower and, being covered in fine hair, the get covered in pollen.  They then use their front legs to tuck the pollen back into the pollen baskets on their back legs.  Amazing.  Pollen tastes a little like sweet, nutty flour and is packed with protein, amino acids and every vitamin known to mankind.  Good one nature.

Full pollen baskets

Full pollen baskets

The final photograph I thought worthy of sharing shows that even though all the bees in a hive may have the same mother, as half sisters, they bear the markings of their different drone father’s.  On the right hand side of the photograph below you can see a bee which has much darker markings than the bee below.  This is a good sign and tells the beekeeper that the queen bee mated with drones from other hives/with different genetic markers.

Front and centre in the photograph you can also see one bee passing nectar to another.  This is part of the process by which flower nectar gets converted into honey (ie by mixing it with enzymes in the bees stomach).  It is later matured in the hive whereby the bees flap their wings to evaporate moisture from the flower nectar (which is around 70% water when collected).  When the water content reaches 15 – 17% the cell is capped to signal that the flower nectar has been ripened into honey.

Half sisters and Sharing the Love

Half sisters and Sharing the Love

There endeth the lesson.  Can’t believe how much I love having bees.

Meant to be writing a eulogy for Lizzie.  I just can’t get those words to flow so easily.

xx

 

 


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I actually first came across Eric Tourneret over a year ago, but was reminded of him recently and thought I’d share the secret.

Having now sat for over an hour trying to work out where to begin and what to say and trying to think of several synonyms for ‘amazing’, ‘beautiful’, ‘moving’ and ‘extraordinary’ I have decided that I will spare us all.

Simply click on either photograph or his name above and you will be linked directly to bee photography heaven.

Of particular interest to me are the photographs of urban beekeepers on the Parisian rooftops and in New York… stay tuned for an exciting new project that I’ll be launching in the lead up to Spring!


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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Oh dear… this post is a little delayed.

Delighted to announced that the very talented Elke Ploetz (I think that she is the ‘Ploetz’ in Torkos Ploetz Design based in Black Rock) is the latest winner in the Queen B design competition.

 

Photographic competition winner - Elke Ploetz - Queen B tapers

 

How divine are those oranges with the cloves poked into them?… as Elke said “The aroma is amazing… honey, clove and orange.”

 

Elke Ploetz 2 - Queen B photographic competition winner

Elke Ploetz - Queen B Photographic Competition winner

 

Thanks for sharing Elke… and thank you for your beautiful note.  OMG there are some talented and creative people out there.

Cate xx


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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One of things that I find enchanting about candlelight is the way it dances.  The light it throws.  The shadows.  The play of light.  It is one of the things that I look for when choosing candle-holders and glassware for Queen B candles.

A picture speaks a thousand words they say, so in break from my usual form, I’ll just show you what I mean!

Glass hanging candle holder

Glass candleholder with hanger

Glass and wicker hanging tealight candle holder

Glass & wicker hanging tealight candleholder

Glass and wicker hurricane lanterns

Glass and wicker hurricane lanterns

All photographs taken with my Canon IXUS 8515 digital camera (ie nothing sophisticated!).


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I always say that the true beauty of a Queen B candle is only apparent when it is lit… hot off the press these beautiful shots from Joanne.  (yes, we feel honoured to receive these less than a month since the wedding)

From this…

Hand-painted unity wedding candlesto this…

Unity candles ceremony - Queen B candlesQueen B Wedding unity candles lit

or this…

Hand-painted beeswax wedding candles

and this… (although this is a beautiful shot)

Beeswax tealight in fishbowl tealight holder

to these…

Wedding reception lit by Queen B beeswax candles Long burning tealight for weddings

Heartfelt thanks to Joanne for sharing the images and to her photographer Peter Merison from Shoalhaven Studios.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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I received these beautiful photographs this week from master craftsman & talented designer, Glen Ryan.  As you can see, Glen is also something of a fan of Queen B candles for his incredible, individually hand-turned and carved Luminary candlesticks.

I am reminded again that the true beauty of a Queen B candle is most apparent when it is lit and lighting up lives…

Glen Ryan - Luminary 1

Glen Ryan - Luminary 2

Glen Ryan - Luminary 3

Glen’s photographs will go into our photo competition.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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