With the reopening of the cottage, we wanted to emphasise some of the landscape elements that existed before it transitioned from a working home to a heritage house. One of the families had beehives, so it seemed rather important to find an option for honey inside the house. Preferably minus the bees and potential pest infestations.
Up until this week, I knew nothing about bee keeping. Jon Snow style.
So, it is with great glee that I have found a new and exciting option for trove, which is finding home handy advice. Trove is the database designed by the National Library of Australia to catalogue and make accessible collections from a wide base of collection agencies. It hosts an incredibly large number of newspapers, or which OCR attempts to transcribe and is assisted by volunteers from all over Australia manually checking the automatic translations.
My current reasoning is that newspapers were easily accessible and cheap for anyone. They were multipurpose and useful beyond reading. They did not take up space like a book might. I have been amazed at the amount of handy home advice I have found since looking beyond what was happening in the news: preserving, gardening calendars, honey...
Interesting things that I have discovered about home honey production via this marvellous tool:
Summary: My honey is going into jars and Trove is amazing
Storing Honey: The Queenslander, Sat 1 March 1890 (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/20280967?searchTerm=Storing%20honey%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&searchLimits=l-decade=189)
Storing Honey in Hives: The Maitland Weekly Mercury, Sat 28 March 1896 (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132401387?searchTerm=Storing%20honey%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&searchLimits=l-decade=189)
Packing Honey: The Telegraph, Sat 16 Jan 1897 (https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/172151915?searchTerm=Storing%20honey%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&searchLimits=l-decade=189)
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