Orange amateur beekeeper Gillian Serisier is celebrating World Bee Day this week in the hope the recognition might encourage others to share her joy of bees.
Ms Serisier has bees in hives in the vegetable garden on her property just out of Orange.
And she hasn't let a little problem, like being allergic to them, put her off.
She said she started with a hive in 2014.
"Like lighthouse-keeping It's one of those secret romantic dreams that people have, beekeeping," she said.
"I was very involved with the hive when I first got it."
However she received a setback with a sting.
"I discovered I'm extremely allergic to their stings. I got a sting [in] the eye," she said.
"Even though I am allergic to them I feel very comfortable going into the vegetable garden.
"The bees are very happy. They know who I am."
Ms Serisier said she uses the flow hive system which allows beekeeping to be done in a simpler fashion than the traditional practice.
But she said she adhered to required procedures of checking and inspecting the hives regularly to ensure against disease.
"The health of the hive is very important. I check fairly constantly," she said.
She said she hoped World Bee Day would raise awareness of them.
"I'm glad that it is World Bee Day. I'm glad it might encourage someone else to have bees," she said.
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