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Last Updated: Tuesday May 26 2009 05:30 GMT

I keep bees as a hobby

Elsa taking care of the bees

Press Packer Elsa has an unusual hobby - she looks after 60,000 bees

Here's her story:


"My dad looks after bees so I thought I'd have a go myself. My dad took me along to his friend's old orchard where the hives are kept and he showed me how to do everything.

Elsa with lots of bees
Elsa taking care of the bees

When I was sure I wanted to do it he bought me my very own suit and now we go every weekend.

We have seven hives at the moment and one of them is mine!

Busy bee

You have to do lots of things like checking them every week, check them for disease, making sure the queen is there, making sure they haven't swarmed and all sorts of other things.

It's a bit like having 60,000 pets, although it's quite different to a cat or dog!

It's so exciting the moment when the harvest comes in autumn with all the honey and wax to make lip balm and soap.

We also go to lots of bee shows and it's always good to learn new things.

Elsa in her bee-keeping suit
Elsa in her bee-keeping suit

I'm one of thousands of children taking part in Shine - a national festival in July which celebrates talents.

Unusual talent

I'm proud to have an unusual hobby which is why I've joined Shine, where everyone shares their hobbies and what they are good at.

If you have a weird hobby you should show everyone what you can do and if people think it's weird, then it's your talent not theirs."

Elsa, 10, Hampshire.


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