If there’s a piece of fine art that sums up the experience of the Aussie suburbs like no other, it’s Neighbours.
And while the soap opera has a swag of lovable and hateable and completely relatable cast members, I feel very positive and assured in saying that there is one character that viewers, probably around the 30-to-40-years bracket, adore most of all.
For this reason, I’m beyond excited to introduce the one and only Ryan Moloney – or (no kidding) Jarrod ‘Toadfish’ Rebecchi as he’s known on the show – to the BEES WITH BEN beekeeping podcast for a whopping episode 20!
I get quite a few emails and messages asking for more Australian-based beekeepers on the podcast. So when I found out that Ryan is a keen beekeeper with a couple of years experience under his belt… and a new beekeeping business on the horizon… I thought – WOW! Toadie just went to a whole new level in my big Aussie heart!
For any of you that are too young, or perhaps live overseas and were not privy to Neighbours episodes of the 1990s, Toadfish is an iconic character, loved for his cheekiness, in strife for his bad behaviour, and relatable for his vulnerability.
He was that guy that was always the class clown, and often the butt of jokes; who, when finishing school, surprised the whole of Australia by blossoming into a respectable and warm-hearted member of the community.
With a law degree, a newfound sense of motivation, a love life, and a neighbourhood of great friends, Toadie inspired many young kids out there (including myself) to make the most of their lives. All while keeping that glimmer in their eye and that skip in their step and that joke up their sleeve.
And while I understand I have just described a TV character to you, there is a definite warmth and authenticity that both Toadie and Ryan share, which filters through into this new episode.
Tune in as we chat about Neighbours, beekeeping, family, flying planes, and Beach Box Honey – a wonderful new beekeeping business run by Ryan and his wife Alison which will surely be a huge success! Be sure to check out Beach Box Honey (not Beach House Honey as mentioned in the podcast) on Instagram!
Listen to the podcast here.