Melita Honey Farm, Tasmania
There is a piece of a fairytale created by a lovely family in a small Australian village in Tasmania. The honey shop looks amazing: very tidy, cosy, beautifully decorated, and offers a huge range of honey, artisan nougat, skin care products, beeswax candles, and even a bee-keeping museum!
I have driven a long way from Hobart to Chudleigh for two reasons only: to see Tasmania and to visit the Honey Farm. And, not surprisingly, the shop was full of other customers who did exactly the same thing (I had to wait for a lucky moment to take each photo without a crowd in it). Good products are worth going that far for, especially when there are also nice people to meet and a beautiful place to see!
Melita Honey Farm contacts:
Online shop: melitahoneyfarm.com.au
Address: 39 Sorell Street, Chudleigh, Tasmania, Australia
Phone: (03) 6363 6160, international +61 3 6363 6160
26 October 2008
6 May 2010
The past seven days have been very happy: it was my holiday in Tasmania (again!). It seems to have become a custom that I can’t miss the Honey Farm shop every time I am in Tassie. Here are some new photos:
1 December 2010
Just returned from another trip to Tasmania, and, of course, a visit to Melita Honey Farm.
Tasmanian beeswax candles
The time in Tassie was a joy, as always, but there is some news from the Honey Farm: Melita now makes its own 100% beeswax candles! I always liked that wonderful aroma of beeswax and the warm light of candles, so it was very nice to discover that the Honey Farm is combining the two into beautiful beeswax candles. Besides the pleasant aroma, beeswax candles have other benefits:
- beeswax candles do not emit smoke (beeswax candles will only smoke if burnt in a draughty place, e.g. near an open window, or if the wick is too long);
- beeswax candles burn up to 10 times longer than paraffin candles;
- it is said that beeswax candles purify the air by emitting negative ions;
- beeswax candles are an environmentally-friendly, renewable light source;
- and Melita’s beeswax candles come in all sorts of lovely shapes and designs:
and many more, which makes them a lovely gift for Christmas, New Year or any other special occasion.
Beeswax candle tips
If a beeswax candle started emitting smoke or soot, dripping down the sides or burning unevenly, make sure:
- the candle is in a draught-free spot (if the flame of the candle is dancing and flickering, there is a draught in that location);
- the candle and the wick are straight (trim and straighten the wick after extinguishing, while still warm and flexible, or use a non-flammable implement to push the wick straight);
- wick is not too long (carefully trim the wick to 5–7 mm prior to lighting the candle).
It is better to extinguish candles by pushing the wick into the melted wax pool and then pulling it up straight. This way, there will be no smoke emitted, the wick will be left straight and it will be easier to light the candle next time. To avoid tunneling (leaving thick walls) and formation of dripping channels, every time a candle is lit it should be allowed to burn long enough that the wax pool almost reaches the edges.
Alum Cliffs Gorge
Also, I walked to Alum Cliffs Gorge, again. This time it was quite foggy, which added more beauty and mystery to this enchanting place.