Saturday, 5 January 2013
First Hive Opening
Living in West Footscray for the past two years has seen a lot of settling in, working on establishing the vegie garden, getting to know the general run of the property and the plants that were here. This past few months my trusty Rover has been slowly notching down... along with my mechanic saying "wow... this car! I will find you another one" led me to thinking more about beeing sustainable. In the past I have been an avid cyclist, however that really died when I got a car and has been hard to maintain ever since. So we will let Rover go. So along with the idea of beeing more sustainable came the idea of creating a little veggie patch and Zen garden in the driveway (won't bee needing that, right?). This took a lot less time and money than I though, happily, so I was able to order some bees from the gentleman that I did my bee keeping course with. And hey presto! we now have bees!!
So Sir, along with being as happy as a bee in honey when it comes to creating spaces, having a new hobby (and all the gear that goes with it!) also looks to a future where there may not bee as much ecological variation in our crop populations, a changing landscape that is pushing toward urban planning that really should consider the population growth of cities and the use of space for food growth that is layered into our use of space for living as well.
This time, right now, seems to me to be so exciting. I remember my childlike fantasies of the future... flying cars, hovering skateboards (it was all very Back to the Future) has now started to morph into urban spaces with beehives and vegie gardens on rooftops, snaking bike paths around factories that produce sustainable materials for housing and living, people using the communication technology to create communities within communities that discuss the use of the earth, creation of living spaces that are both beautiful and functional, and how to manage wild creatures that give us what we need. Maybe one household has bees, another chickens, another a goat, another an orchard of fruit, another a large veggie garden instead of a lawn....another an organic crop of cereal... hey presto! A whole neighbourhood is sustainable in a lot of basic ways.
It doesn't mean reinventing the wheel. No one is going to rip out our sewage system (we all still shit and it still bloody stinks!!) and transport us back to ma-n-pa kettle, the slow combustion stove and no air-conditioning. But there must be a way that we can work together to keep our comforts and also use our space more effectively, wisely and with consideration for the massive yet fragile ecosystems that support us in so many ways. This is what beekeeping is all about for me. A chance to make and bee the change that i would love to see in the world... starting from my very own driveway.