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  • My favourite work of art at MONA, Tasmania

     

    The rest of my "Highlights from Tassie" posts appear in no particular order.  They were all equally magical in their own way.

    The one I'm sharing today is about my favourite work of art at MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania.  I am confident that it was not a curated part of the exhibition, but if art is something that provokes an emotional response, that makes you stop and ponder, that is visually grabbing and that inspires you, then this was, hands down, the highlight for me.

    OK, so I'm not going to win any cinematography awards, the resolution is dodgy and whatever I was doing that makes the click, click sound is a little annoying, BUT these are my highlights and unfortunately that is the best that I can do to share with you what was a completely profound and beautiful moment, indeed one of the 4 most profound and beautiful moments in 2 ½ weeks in Tassie... which is only a reflection on my camera skills, not on the rest of my time in Tassie.

    Hopefully it will inspire you to look for more bees in your day and watch with delight as they go on their merry way.

     

    [BTW the building is also striking and stunning and the rest of the art was, I thought, variable but entertaining].  MONA request on their website that photographs of the art not be published without permission... so we'll just stick to the building and my favourite work of art.  I really hope you enjoy it too.  There is something so delightful about seeing nature in all its glory and loving itself sick!  The garden was pumping like a mardi gras dance floor.  Flitting here and there.  Sequins and tiara's.  Bum waggles.  A touch of pink.  And oh so beautiful to watch!

    [No, I'm not outing myself, I love a gay man as much as all of us other single Sydney chicks too terrified of getting hurt!]
    MONA Gallery, Tasmania

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    I only realised the irony of this photograph later... I wonder if he chose the t-shirt specifically?

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  • Queen B candles - 100% Pure Beeswax - as certified by the bees!

    One of the many things that I love about going to work is opening the door and smelling that lovely honey aroma.  I also love that in spring and summer, scout bees come by to check out why it smells so good (looking for a source of nectar).  They have a good fly around and smell of the candles, but we're usually too busy to capture it.  This week I had my camera at hand just at the right moment...

     

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    Bee-utiful

    I put in the one with the bee flying just so you didn't think that it was a bee pin or something like that!

     

    [A little lesson: In a hive of say 50,000 bees (which would be average), there is 1 queen, perhaps a hundred or so drones and 49,900 odd female worker bees.  The worker bees work from the moment they are born.  One role they take on in life is scouting for sources of nectar and pollen.  Several hundred bees may perform this task in a hive.  When they find a good source, they go back to the hive and do a 'waggle' dance or 'bum dance' to tell the other bees what direction to fly, how far to fly and how many bees should go.  NB Because beeswax has neither harvestable flower nectar, nor pollen, Queen B is not a good source, so thankfully whilst we have bees, it is rarely more than a dozen or two in a day.]

     


    Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • A sight to warm the heart

    Apart from being passionate about beeswax candles, I am also passionate about educating kids about the wonderous world of bees and honey.  To that end we have a lot of educational information in the shop ranging from big content and picture rich posters I designed to fabulous children's books about bees.

    To be honest, it is seldom used.  I've reflected on that a lot wondering whether there was a better way to present the information to make it more compelling.  Whether I needed to do more signage.  What more I could do to encourage that educational aspect of what we do... but ultimately our calls to over 70 schools have gone unheeded, and people rush in and rush out of the store.

    Imagine then my delight this morning when a mum and dad came in with their two sons.  They did a honey tasting with the kids, and then while I was engrossed in conversation with the dad about forestry (it's a fascinating subject), this happened.

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    When I turned around, I actually got goose bumps.

    What a wonderful sight.


    Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • Queen B candle-rolling at Live Green House

    Last weekend Sydney City Council had the official opening of the new Town Hall replete in solar panel splendour.  As part of the celebrations, the Live Green House was on location as were volunteers from the WWF Earth Hour team.  We were approached to ask if we could send along someone to teach beeswax candle-rolling.  With over 20,000 candles rolled, we sent in Ade (bung knee and all) and from all accounts it was very popular.

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    Earth Hour is traditionally one of our busier times of year thanks to the 'naturally carbon neutral' status of pure beeswax candles (according to the organisers themselves).  Of course it makes sense that pure beeswax, made by bees to store honey WOULD be more earth friendly than petro-chemical candles (paraffin) or hydrogenated/bleached soya oil or palm oil candles.  Then again, based on our sales, about 99.99999% of people are turning off their lights and lighting environmentally damaging (not to mention the damage to your health) candles.

    For more information on the toxicity of candles, read our post on the article I wrote for Living Wisdom.


    Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • Tiffany Does Casablanca & Marrakech

    Launching our new - limited edition - range of Queen B designer pillars... Tiffany Does Casablanca and Tiffany Does Marrakech. [Readmore]
  • Living Wisdom article - Candles that Kill

    A few months ago I was approached by Living Wisdom magazine to write an article about the toxicity of candles. It is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about the toxicity of candles. I think that everyone has a right to make their own decision... to have research at their fingertips and to make an informed decision. [Readmore]
  • Negative Feedback

    We are usually blessed to received lovely emails in response to my (newsy) newsletters, BUT after our last one, I received some negative feedback... What I want people to know is that small business, and particularly running a small business hand-making 100% pure Australian beeswax candles, is incredibly rewarding, but a tough road. [Readmore]
  • Fallen Angels

    Queen B Fallen Angels - Pure Australian beeswax candles [Readmore]
  • Queen-B

    Not sure about blogging, but I know I have a lot to say, and couldn't quite get my head around Twitter.  I have a belief that if I am going to take up someones time, then I need to have something worthwhile to say, or something that is at least interesting to read... hard to be meaningful in 160 characters (as evidenced by most of what is written on twitter).

    So, my vision for this blog is for it to be something like a diary of Queen B - happenings, successes, things we love, failures, musings, bee stuff, beeswax candle stuff, updates on things we're working on, information on honey, amusing anecdotes etc.  I may even post the odd recipe (inspired by my recent trip to the movies to watch Julie and Julia).


    Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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