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Peter Gatehouse

Born and raised in Melbourne, I decided to move to the countryside at age 26 with my wife, Margaret. I have always gravitated towards more 'earthy' interests and hobbies, even though I have been working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in various Hospitals and medical facilities for the past 30 years.

My interest in beekeeping has been a fascinating and rewarding hobby for the past few years, however a recent workplace restructure found me being retrenched after 22 years with the same company. Rather than despair, I saw this as an opportunity to create the lifestyle I have always yearned for, so I founded Hill Top Hives in the Spring of 2016.

My qualifications and experience as a medical scientist have actually helped develop my skills to work as a beekeeper. In particular, being able to inspect hives for pests and diseases is not all that different to scanning different samples in a pathology laboratory. Once you have a good grasp of what is normal and healthy the abnormal and diseased is easier to spot.

Working hives is an absolute joy. Bees are fascinating insects to watch. They don't work for their individual needs, instead working together as one 'organism' which is the colony or the hive. We could all learn a thing or two from the ways that bees live their lives.