In fact, the couple only had to mind a hive for a mate to become obsessed and form Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat. So what is it about bees that have us all wanting to suit up and get out the smoker?
“For me, it’s working with the bees,” said Scott. “Every time you open the hive, it’s something different.” But for Amanda, it’s a passion born from the deepest admiration. “They only live for six to seven weeks and they work the entire time until they die,” Amanda explained.
“They start off cleaning their own cell, then they go through a whole range of roles. So that might be forager bee, it might be nurse bee, or it could be taking care of the queen. This brings them to one of their last roles as guard bee, a sentinel. And they sit at the front on a little landing pad to see off any pests like European wasps who may try to access the hive. So their ultimate role is like a sacrificial one, where they will lay down what little life they have left to protect the colony.”