The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Learning Forgotten Arts

Written by Stephanie on February 24th, 2017.      0 comments

Forgotten Arts-409If you are looking for a special day out with friends, want to learn a new skill or just looking for something different to do then you won't get a better day out than at Forgotten Arts.  Forgotten Arts provides hands-on workshops by gifted artisans on a stunning lifestyle property in Clevedon.  They currently teach candle, soap, knife and cheese making, patch working, felting, sewing, leather work, pyrography, gourd art, hedgerow weaving and making beef jerky, with more courses on the way!  

This week I went on a soap making course at Forgotten Arts, it was my much wanted Christmas present from Martin.  My friend and I had a ball!  We were warmly greeted by owners Maureen and James and offered a cuppa and delicious homemade baking.  The courses are run in the stable which is fully set up with a kitchen, workshop and separate rooms for different classes.  It has a warm, friendly and comfortable ambience and every detail has been thought of, right down to the freshly picked flowers!  The lunch, made by Maureen who is a chef, was superb.  The ploughman's main and chilled tomato soup was delicious and the slice for dessert was delectable. Being gluten free it was so nice to go somewhere that I can eat a lovely meal and not have to worry about it.  I'm looking forward to trying a winter workshop where our food will be cooked on the fireplace!!

Forgotten Arts Soap Making-488-636Liz, the soap making artisan teaching us, was very passionate and informative about her craft. She made us feel relaxed and it seemed like we had known her for years within a short period of time. Everything was well organised and explained and it was loads of fun making the soaps and discussing different ways we could make them.  We then looked at the different ways of decorating the soaps for gifts.

We came away with two batches of soaps to cure, a folder full of information, tips and recipes, a mould and one of Liz's pre-made soaps.  It felt like Christmas!

Thanks so much James, Maureen and Liz for a wonderful day out and exciting new skills to hone.  I'm looking forward to my next course and seeing you all again! 

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Future Scientist?

Written by Stephanie on July 15th, 2014.      0 comments

Thanks to those that have been supporting our son, Matthew's, busking at the Hamilton Farmers Market!  He has been raising money for Malaghan Institute, this is a great cause!  Look out for him because he would like to do some more!
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Matthew busking with his Violin at Hamilton Farmers Market Matthew counting Malaghan Institute money after busking - $104!!

Why Malaghan Institute?

Matthew would like to be a scientist when he grows up and find a cure for Neuroblastoma (an aggressive childhood cancer his cousin has had), Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases with no current cure.  Getting distinction in an international (ICAS) Science exam has spurred him on.  He loves to read about the body and the intricacies of how it works.  After reading Malaghan Institute newsletters back to back he decided he wanted to busk to help them raise money for their research.   They have been very supportive of his future dreams and have given him a book on how the immunity works which is very detailed and he has devoured it.  He is planning on talking about the immune system in his class speech this term.

About Malaghan Institute

The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s leading medical research institute focused on finding cures for cancer, asthma and allergy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and infectious disease. 

Their scientists believe that the key to fighting illness lies in harnessing the immune system, the body’s own natural defence against disease.  To find out in detail what they do check out their website.  It is just amazing what they are doing, there are some very clever people out there!

They are a registered charity, and their pioneering research programmes are reliant on support from the community, the corporate sector, contestable grants and trusts.  We would encourage you to support them too!  There are so many ways you can help, they list them on their website.  Even if you can't help them financially you may be able to help by giving a few hours.

Our Visit!

Matthew was invited to have a tour of the Malaghan labs so we recently drove down to Wellington to hand over the latest busking money and have a tour of their amazing facilities.  Here's some photos.  Malaghan Institute gave Matthew a 'Future Scientist' certificate to thank him for his support.  Thank you Malaghan Institute for all your AMAZING work and your support of Matthew!

Matthew handing over his latest busking money - $104 Matthew & Shannon from Malaghan Institute


Checking out the different laboratories DNA is sooo fascinating!!!

Thanks for the great tour Malaghan!!


Facebook Competition!

Written by Stephanie on February 5th, 2013.      1 comments

We would like to increase our fan base on Facebook and we need your help!  We have a few prizes to give away – so share our Facebook page with your friends, tag people you know will love Sweetree Honey, like our posts or comment on them and we will start randomly rewarding you with goodies from the list below!

I will randomly send items from the list below every week or so to people that have interacted with us anywhere on our Facebook page. I'll try to make the posts interesting for you!  Have Fun!

So far the prizes we have include:

  • Sweetree honey, of course
  • NZ Lifestyle Farmer Magazines
  • Good Magazine
  • Beeswax tea light candles
  • Skinfood products
  • Coconut oil in an easy bar
  • Wax melts (makes your house smell wonderful!)
We have more prizes coming so watch this space!!!

So interact with our Facebook page and you may receive something from this list!


Twas the Night Before Christmas

Written by Stephanie on December 24th, 2012.      0 comments

It's Christmas Eve!  Here at the Lynch household the boys are very excited.  Santa is coming tonight!  The feed will be sprinkled out on the back lawn for the reindeer and a homemade shortbread and a glass of milk (or maybe beer) will be left out by the fireplace for Santa.  So exciting.  I love Christmas!

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and special friends and have a safe and fun new year!

Here a very famous poem for you to read tonight from Clement Moore and/or Henry Livingston Jr.

Twas the Night Before Christmas:

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Gordonton Country Market

Written by Stephanie on September 19th, 2012.      0 comments

Gordonton held its inaugural Country Market on the 8th September, "the sun shone, the forecast rain didn’t arrive and everyone had an utterly splendid time,” reported community news site Number 8 Network.

Gordonton Country Market is like the Tamahere Market but on the north side of Hamilton.  It is fantastic to have such a market on our side of town.  There is a great variety of stalls including woodwork, needlework, baking, bread, honey, jewelery, sweets, garden ornaments, lucky dips for the kids and much more!

The market is held in Hukanui Park in the Gordonton village, it is a lovely country setting with beautiful big oak trees in the field and Devonshire teas available in the old school house - mmmm!  Lots of space for the kids to run around, they can even spend time in the playground (like our boys did), while you sit back in the sun and have a coffee and treat or stroll around looking at the great stalls.  It will be the perfect place to spend a hot summers day (when they finally come!).

It is a wonderful family and community environment.  So if you haven't been yet go along next month.  For more details about this market check out our market page.

To see some photos of the first Gordonton Country Market check out the slideshow at the Number 8 Network community website.

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Happy Fathers Day!

Written by Stephanie on September 2nd, 2012.      0 comments

Happy Fathers Day to all those wonderful Dads, Step-dads and Granddads out there!

Fathers day is all about honouring and celebrating our Dads. Making him feel special and thanking him for the special role he plays in our lives.  It is not all about spending money on him but spending time with him and making him feel appreciated.

It is also a day to remember those dads that aren't with us anymore and it is at these times that we remember them and cherish special memories.  One of Martin's cherished memories is beekeeping with his dad, it was a time he could spend some quality one on one time with him (hard to get when there are 7 children!).  We hope that being outside helping their dad beekeeping will be great memories for our boys too.

Here are some photos of them together:
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Here's a poem I found online you might like to read.

A Father's Day Poem

by Anonymous
A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.

He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!

He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong

In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.

And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!

Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you

Kai Profiles Sweetree Honey and Bee Pollen

Written by Stephanie on May 15th, 2012.      0 comments

Earlier this month Kai profiled Sweetree Honey and Bee Pollen the the 'NZ Guild of Food Writers Market Day' in Auckland.  The May Day market went very well. People enjoyed tasting the honey, and it worked well on the canapés – with Andre's crostini, pear and cheese.

See some pics attached- Kai got centre stage.  Looks like it was a great day!

We sell our honey and bee pollen on the Kai website along with other New Zealand artisan foods.  Kai make it easier for you to discover, buy and enjoy many delicious artisan foods. At the same time they help the small artisan food producers across the country grow their business. Check out their great range here

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Sweetree Products Showing at Taste of NZ

Written by Stephanie on October 16th, 2011.      0 comments

Are you going to the 'Taste of NZ', Victoria Park, Auckland - 19th - 22nd Oct?

Taste incredible cuisine from New Zealand's best restaurants, discover gourmet products, meet award winning chefs including Rick Stein, Gary Rhodes, Annabel Langbein & Josh Emett - indulge with friends at Taste of New Zealand!

FMNZ Chairperson and Chef Chris Fortune, Auckland based Author and Chef Julie Busio and Taste Magazines contributor Luca Villari, Carlos Atkinson  (Head Chef, Bowmans), Sal Grant,  (Head chef, The Mulberry), Jason Horwood, (Head Chef, Eden Cloakroom), Jax Hamilton, (Masterchef NZ runner-up) and others will be conducting  over 30 Cooking demonstrations in front of thousands of customers at the Festival using Farmers' Market product on the Outstanding in their fields portable Kitchen.

Sweetree honey and bee pollen will be used in these cooking demonstrations.  So look out for them!

For more information on the Taste NZ Festival  -

For more information on the Outstanding in their fields Kitchen -  - here you can see samples of the cooking demos that have been done all over NZ.  Keep an eye out for the demo carried out in Hamilton using our honey!


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