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Hi friends! As some as you may know, I have been beekeeping in Western Australia for the past 4 years. I started out being obsessed with raw honey and totally intrigued by bees, although at first I admit I wasn’t keen on the idea of going into a hive with a million stinging insects!

I've been wanting to "grow" my own honey for years... 🐝 🐝 🐝

Technically, I have bees already! They're just not living here yet...

This useful guide was written by my friend Sarah. Do check it out if you're considering taking up beekeeping!

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