As we were driving around our property, while Snowy checked hives, one of our sons, Monty, pointed to the blossom in the distance and with alacrity, said, “Dad, that is the goodest honey tree in the world.” And at the moment, he’s right. It is the best honey tree in our world, which is a hot, dry drought. The apple box tree (Angophora floribunda) is thriving and has had its best season in the Upper Hunter for many years. And not only that, they’re also pretty good to climb.
Next stop on our hot afternoon visiting honey trees and checking hives, was to transplant some water lillies (Nymphaeaceae) from dams where the water level is dropping too low for them to survive and to check on those that Snowy transplanted a couple of weeks ago. After a prolonged and very muddy dip in the dam, we couldn’t help but stop to admire a blue tongued skink.
Between the kids checking out crickets getting it on and pausing to watch wallabies taking shade where they could, Snowy managed to add some clearer boards to hives, ready to take honey off in another day or two. And after thinking that we’d never escape the heat, it turned out to be one of the ‘goodest’ afternoons we’d had in a long time.