Crops in flower and bees are abuzzing

Malcolm Schluter

Malcolm Schluter

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Several months’ ago, a visiting Freemason from the Lincolnshire Lodge in England, brought a wreath and gave it to Port Lincoln Lodge secretary Bruce Bamford, requesting that the wreath be laid at the war memorial on Armistice Day.

I thought what a wonderful gesture it was on that visitor’s part by way of cementing the fraternity of the two lodges and recognition of the Commonwealth’s commitment in the Great War.

I watched the service live on Facebook and proudly observed Father Peter Linn oversee proceedings in his capacity as a former Army chaplain.

The long-awaited new ablution block is well underway at the present time, with foundations, floor and wall frames completed.

Subject to the vagaries of building construction, I hope it may be ready by year’s end.

It may not be such a huge event but I am determined to make it so and at the very least ought to be a grand community occasion sometime in the New Year to commission the facility.

The Nyroca Scout Camp is one of many sponsors of the Port Lincoln High School’s aquaculture program and last week I had the pleasure of being given a tour of the centre by a very well informed and enthusiastic Year 11 student.

I received a barramundi fillet and was told the students are taught the art of fish filleting by the teacher in charge of the program, Chris McGown.

Given the strong support Rotary has provided the program, I was also pleased to see Rotary recognised at the entrance to the building.

It is a magnificent program and most appropriate for Port Lincoln which is widely regarded as the seafood capital of Australia.

With the advent of spring and the flowering of canola crops, bees are particularly active and most of the hives at Nyroca are filled with the resultant sugar-rich, light coloured and mild tasting honey, which has a habit of candying very quickly.

Unless it is promptly harvested, the candied honey becomes most difficult to remove from the hives.

With the red gums budding at present they offer honey of a stronger tasting characteristic and a lower propensity to candy.

But nonetheless, bee-keeping offers a wide variety of challenges, constant surprises and an opportunity to really engage with nature.