Taking a Drive down the north south Nature Reserve Road ( Coal Wharf Rd ) is a must ,,, But at the Moment is is a string of Ponds ,,, Attracting every 4 wheel drive hoone for miles around ,,,, It just makes the ponds bigger ,,,,
There was an Old Nest Right next to the Barn ,,, It was not a Great place for a Nest and it was usually deserted ,, But when I got rid of them last time they went straight back to it ,,, SO I had to Burn it out ,,, I did it during the Night
I woke up early and I could hear the bee sounds much louder than before ,,,, Then I looked across to the back loft and to my horror I could see that the Window had slid down about a Foot and a Fair amount of bees had gotten in ,,, I grabbed some incent sticks ,,, lit them ,,, and using the smoke as protection ( I was stupidly still in my undies ) ,,,, I went over and Pushed the window up ever so slowly ,,,,,, What a bloody relief when that was locked again ,,,, After awhile I unbolted the rest of the nuts and pushed the Shutter off and down went most of the nest with it .,,,,,, From then on it was just a case of insect spray with soapy water and the Room heater to make the wax melt ,,,,, They moved on .....After I cleaned off all the bees wax I sprayed a surface insect spray all over the shutters and window .
Now that the Bees were mostly gone I was lucky to get the right hand roller back in and it took me some while and a few dozen trips up the ladder to get the left roller back on track ,,, Just when I thought it was hopeless The Island FARIES made it happen .
I did it by myself with ropes and pully ,, the whole bloody lot in one piece ,,, Because it couldnt go up in any other way ,,, As I was using the centre pole of the barn hoist ,,, So the lift had to be in the Middle ,,,,,,, So if the left one came off now ,,, I would have to get a crane or some other thing to put it back
So with a Length of Rope and a bit of a Fiddle out the Window I managed to get the Shutter back on again ,,,,,,,,,,,,, The Big Sliding Barn Doors were a little harder but finally I had done the job and the bee Wars were over ,,, Now back to Building the barn again .
I am a Cinematographer and I shoot Commercials and Movies at Different locations around the World ,,, I am based in Australia ",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, This section refers to the Birdhaven Post only . Birdhaven Lodge " Is a property of 13 acres on Comerong Island Which sits between the Mouth of the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven Rivers . It is the last property on Comerong Island road and is a few minutes walk to the Beach through Nature Park reserve . A barn was planned in 1994 and started being built in 1996 ,,, It was intended as a Nature retreat for painting , sculpturing and writing . Lifes is full of twists and turns and surprises , With my partner and 12 year old daughter I have less time for Painting , writing etc ,,, In fact less time to finish the building and I am still trying to finish it . The Birdlife here is fantastic , It is like a wilderness and because it is 100 year flood prone it will be safe from developers ( we Hope )