A massive beehive has been uncovered in a bedroom wall at Garden Suburb.
Megan Sutherland knew something wasn’t quite right when she awoke to a humming, buzzing-type sound.
She initially attributed the sound to the fan in her room. She thought it was on the blink.
“I got up and turned the fan off,” Mrs Sutherland said.
Still, she heard humming.
“I thought ‘oh god, what is that’,” she said.
“I’ve looked out my window and that’s when I’ve seen a massive swarm of bees.
“I’ve raced downstairs and made sure my cat couldn’t get outside.”
The beehive was about two metres wide and three metres high.
A bee expert reckoned the hive had been in the bedroom wall for about two years, possibly longer.
Last Friday’s heat was thought to have brought the bees back to the hive.
Since she discovered the bees on Saturday, Mrs Sutherland has been cleaning up the hive and extracting the honey.
“I’ve been sieving it through a sieve,” she said.
Mrs Sutherland appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise on Tuesday morning. She came across well.
In the weeks ahead, honey on toast is expected to be a prominent snack in her household.
But the honey will also be used for other concoctions.
“I’m a Thermomix consultant, so I’ve been googling recipes,” she said.
The bee expert who helped smoke out the bees was able to pinpoint the hive in the bedroom wall.
“He felt the wall and said ‘that’s where your hive is’,” Mrs Sutherland said.
“He could feel the heat in the wall. Where he felt it was where it was the freshest honey. He knew exactly what he was looking for.”
Cleaning up has been sticky work.
As well as having to replace walls, new carpet will be needed.
“Insurance doesn’t cover any insects,” she said, adding that things could have been worse.
It could have been termites.
Alice Cooper sign pinched
We imagine that quite a few people in Newcastle like Alice Cooper.
And we’re pretty sure that someone really really likes Alice Cooper. How do we know? Well, you see, someone pinched a billboard promoting the Alice Cooper gig, to be held at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, October 24.
Topics was told that the metal sign was professionally fitted, but this didn’t stop the cheeky thief.
“Some crazy Alice fan stole it, a show promoter said.
So who was behind this dastardly crime?
We examined the lyrics of Alice Cooper in the hope that they might provide an answer.
“School's out for summer. School's out forever.”
Ah-ha! School isn’t out for summer, but it is out for spring.
We reckon some bored schoolkid could well be the culprit.
Either that, or some 50-something die-hard rock fan is sitting in his man cave and sinking a few tinnies, while doing his best rendition of No More Mr Nice Guy.
Ian King, of Warners Bay, has added to our series on Aussie sayings.
Crooked as a dog’s hind leg; Up the creek without a paddle; A couple of sandwiches short of a picnic; Sharp as a tack; Blind as an owl; Full as a plumber’s wallet; Thick as two short planks.
Send your Aussie sayings to firstname.lastname@example.org