Today is World Bee day in a year that has been like no other. To say the bees have had a rough year is an understatement. Our beekeepers have ridden a roller coaster this year...
In Australia, 2020 started with the drought still with us. The years of extreme dry had brought many farmers to their knees. I remember driving back to my home town Armidale in NSW where the land didn't look brown, it was so dry it was grey. Just awful.
There was hope though, rain was coming, and it did, but the problem was that in some areas there was flooding... it seems mother nature was in an extreme mood.
Still, nothing prepared us for the bush fires. Communities are still trying to recover and vast areas of bush land were lost, devastating wildlife populations. Many of our bee keepers locally were affected as well, loosing many hives.
Now we are living through a virus affected world adding a new level of complexity for all on the land.
And the bees? Our beekeepers are working hard to rebuild their bee colonies. It will be a slow process as we are in areas that are still scared by the fires. It takes time, especially when we are now moving into winter.
The direct effects on our world (Happy Flame) is that there is not as much beeswax available. You will notice that we don't have the standard beeswax candles available online. We have to wait until spring before that will return.
The good news, though, is that we do have our certified organic beeswax (ACO) and we continue to make candles from this everyday to keep up with the demand.
So many people are rediscovering candles and enjoying the chemical free experience of our beeswax. More time at home, working and playing is a perfect time to turn out the lights and light a candle. Everyone is loving the calming honey aroma and beautiful candle light.
So on World Bee Day, lets celebrate how bees and their keepers continue to not only survive but also re-build in a year of extreme challenges.
If you would like to know more about bees we have a free eComic which is perfect to teach children (and the young at heart :) about bees.
More information about World Bee day is here online.
As always, thank you for your support of what we create and in doing so you also support our amazing beekeepers.