Frank Ciechomski All about Bees

Honey Bee

Frank Ciechomski presented his session on bees on Monday and you missed out on a great presentation. 

Alex Shepherd sent the following to our Class Co-Ordinator Margaret Fyfe.

Just a few lines to say well done in getting Frank to present to us his hobby of bees and honey. I really enjoyed his presentation he was very informative and he was very entertaining. The hive and the various pieces of equipment was outstanding. I hope he does one again next year, I will again attend and will spread the word this is one not to be missed. Alex Shepherd


Honey Presentation

A look inside a typical beehive (with bees) to see the internal structure of a hive. It will be in a glass case so don’t be afraid if you are allergic or afraid of being stung. Being stung is part of the apiarist’s game and a beneficial side affect is that you do not suffer from arthritis. You will be able to see the difference between the nectar that the field bees bring in and the matured honey.There will be a frame of brood in the display case and you should be able to see bee eggs, (if your eyesight is good enough) lavea and sealed brood.You may be in luck and see a bee hatching.  




Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by most beekeepers and consumed by humans.
I have a number of small video’s to show that will describe the life cycle  and a number of different aspects of bee keeping. I will also have a selection of paraphernalia that I use for my hobby. I will bring in a honey spinner and you can have a go at extracting honey from the frames. You will also be able to  taste the honey that you extract.
Regards Frank Ciechomski

Recipe for Pumpkin Honey Bread

Honey Bread
Recipe using honey


In large bowl, cream honey with butter until light and fluffy. Stir in pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Sift together remaining ingredients. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Divide batter equally between two well-greased 9 x5 x 3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let loaves cool in pans for 10 minutes.






  • 1 cup – honey
  • 1/2 cup – butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 can or (16 oz.) – solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 – eggs
  • 4 cups – flour
  • 4 teaspoons – baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons – ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons – ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 teaspoon – ground nutmeg

Nutritional Information

  • per serving (based on 1/8 loaf, about 1-inch slice)
  • Calories: 261
  • Fat Total: 7.51 g
  • Protein: 5.43 g
  • Cholesterol: 68.8 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 44.5 g
  • Sodium: 411 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 2.53 g
  • Calories from Fat: 25%

Australian Native Bees

The photos below show:  Four of the varieties of Native Bees Australian bees.
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Honey Bee 03_TeddyBear_crEgoGuitto_gal[2]Native Australian bees.