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QUEEN CELL PRODUCTION POWERPOINT TUTORIAL, AFB SNIFFER DOG DEMO & HIVE BURNING, SOCIAL EVENT & BBQ

    

Please see advert below & forum thread in General Beekeeping..  Enquiries most welcome to mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz or 027 629 9388

 

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I remember a few years ago sitting out side the Honey Shed  with my old  mate Arthur.  It was late march and we had just finished the extracting for the year. And as we sat in the late Autumn warmth supping on a cuppa he made the comment  ....' Gosh... I can't wait for next year' .

I  laughed and retorted ...'Mate, we "aint even got the bees wintered down, and you are thinking of next year .....! '

 

And so it was today, as Main Man and I pulled strips and checked  for feed and disease  in a yard where the ice still hadn't melted at 3.30 in the afternoon.....I was thinking of next year  hope ..... lengthening days, warmth  .... promise. 

 

And with that come Queens.

 

We used to buy lotsa queen cells  off Maggie. It never ceased to amaze me  how I would call her up one week, and hey presto, the following week 300  cells would be ready, regular as clockwork.

 

I had a big chat with Maggie this morning  about the up coming tutorial and social event .

I have been thinking about it quite a lot these last few days, mainly because the weather has turned and the mornings have become freakingly cold, but then it is that time of year ..... and many has been the year when Richelle and I have headed north to the conference and made our way down our gully flanked by two metres of snow ....

 

The forecast 'aint looking great .... which by my book means that the day should be an epic ..... precious learning about the art of raising queens from an absolute professional .... cold Canterbury days as only Canterbury can deliver , my new found mate on the spit roast cooking up a storm of local produce, apologies if you are vegan .... and I think a massive bonfire to warm the front and back.

 

So, if you want to learn how to produce cheap queen cells, give Maggie a call and she will teach  you how  to . And if you just want to warm yer butt in the fire glow and chew the fat  about hope and plans for the coming season .... come on up.  

 

Maybe plan to bring a toboggan, as when the conditions are right we have a Luge to rival and better the one at  Rotorua !

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking good Brother .... high of 10c, low of 1c .....

 

Boys are out tonight  looking for something to put on the spit roaster..... never know yah luck when hunting ..... might be pig, might be deer ...... or might be just plain old possum ! 

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WEATHER FORECAST, WHITECLIFFS, SUNDAY 14 JUNE: Snow on the foothills to 600 metres.  'Gowanlea' situated at 400 metres.  The snow does not lie around the house & sheds.  Shingle road in these conditions will be opened, no chains required.  Temperature 10-12 degrees C.  A little bit chillier than last month, but probably one of the best times in the South Island.  We will continue to take regos for the tutorial, sniffer dog event etc.  

 

A couple of days prior the weather forecast is cold & wet.  Don't be fooled or put off by this.  Yesterday very cold & wet - today 12 degrees and sunny - fabulous.  Take note of the advice on tonight's news - it's time to stop being apprehensive and for the sake of your mental well being and the economy - get out of your bubble.  Look forward to hearing from you.  

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From a global perspective we are a first in beekeeping functions.  We will keep you updated on weather and snow conditions,  and the menu for our winter solstice function.  Both myself and James are incredibly upset our thread has been blocked, we wanted to post photos of our event on our thread.   We had thought up until now, that the forum was about promoting small business.  We are not happy.  But somehow we have decided we will disseminate photos of our function whether this is via the bee forum or other mediums.  We know that we can't use the bee forum because our event will disappear on the 14 of June calendar.  We believe we are mainstream commercial beekeepers.   

 

  I will not be renewing my platinum subscription with the forum & when my subscription is due in February, I will retire from the forum.  

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Not only are we commercial and semi commercial beekeepers each of over a couple of decades of business, we are doing our utmost to survive in a depressed beekeeping and Covid environment, and we thought that the forum would be an ideal channel to promote and support our businesses.  We thought the forum was a supporter of small business

 

 

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NZBees is a supporter of small business.  Forum owner Grant has set rules all of which are necessary for good reasons even if not obvious to contributors. Forum members

undertake to abide by the rules when they join up. It has been made abundantly clear in the past @Maggie James that moderation is NOT up for discussion.

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But somehow we have decided we will disseminate photos of our function whether this is via the bee forum or other mediums.

You can start a thread after the event. 

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Oh dear ..... I 'aint saying nothing lest I get Modded ..... the Forum is great in that it allows us to communicate from the safety of our panic rooms .....  but once in a while it does the soul good to get out and gaze into the eyes of the Mona Lisa .

And tonight, with a drop to level one in the levels program .... I think I might go out. 

 

I am happy to see that Alistair made it !!

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4 hours ago, Maggie James said:

But somehow we have decided we will disseminate photos of our function whether this is via the bee forum or other mediums.  We know that we can't use the bee forum because our event will disappear on the 14 of June calendar.

 

For some reason the message just isn't getting through. We're trying to help you get the most out of the forum by posting correctly and we've advised you how to promote, and get the most our of the event submissions.

You can post your event pictures here, just like @jamesc has done above (the screenshot from his iphone) or you could use the gallery - the part that's meant for photos.

 

The only bit of your post thats been removed is you complaining yet again about moderation of the site, I literally don't know how many times I have to explain that one.

 

And please tell me why you think the event disappears after the date, when your others don't? This one from Feb is still open and available to add content to.

 

I'm very happy for the team to help you, we've even created a forum for people when they get stuck with how to use the site, to help but currently all that's happening is that you're pushing back. It's not going to get you anywhere
https://www.nzbees.net/forums/forum/48-im-stuck-how-do-i-use-the-website/

 

 

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

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OMG is this kid still around? He's such a snow ramper. -15 on top of a friggin mountain in the middle of no-where with windchill maybe, but thats normal for this time of year.
This is the chart for FL180 or 18,000 feet, and its around that temperature

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but down to 5,000ft and its nothing like it so what are we going to get at ground level?

 

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6am surface temp (Sunday)

 

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I never heard of this guy .... I am just disseminating information that comes my way by the most trusted of  vehicles ..... the internet.

 

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Today, Marco Gonzales has advised he will represent the AFB NPMP at the afternoon session.  This is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to get updates on AFB in their regions, plus have a chat with Marco.  Tomorrow I am up to Whitecliffs to set up the tut room.  The single mens' quarters has a log burner, so we will all be toastypie, attentive and happy.  The goody bags from NZ Beeswax arrived today.  Also available on the day  diagnostic disease and T4B pamphlets and booklets.    The spit roast has evolved into a winter solstice celebration.   

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I sure wish I could be there to meet some of you guys, Maggie.  Even as a vegetarian (piscitarian, in fact - I love seafood) I would have enjoyed an evening up there to meet you all.  I figure it as something like 45 years since I worked with Jasper Bray, up the Rakaia - but I think the other side of the river.  I wish you all well!

 

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Thank you Nick.  If you were going to rock up, cos it's you, I would have a some Oamaru blue cod for you, caught a couple of weeks ago at level 3 and frozen in sea water.  I have not known the ABH guys 45 years, but over 20 and time sure flies.  

 

Just watching the weather forecast for Sunday - sunny -fab

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Bazza is going to attend, and is threatening to sit in the back row of the tut room and roll jaffas down the floor.  

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Spit roast available from 5 pm.  Sunday weather forecast sunny, high of ten.  Road is in good condition, only shingle the last 2 kms.  

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Gonna be fab weather at Whitecliffs.  It's all go this a.m. - even down to the marshmallows for the spit roast!  

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Yes.  it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.  Those attending the tut thought it was worthwhile.  The dog demo was great - made AFB detection look eazy peezy, and we saw the latest AFB sniffer dog in action who happened to be a rescue dog with spunk.  It was a wonderful opportunity for those attending to meet Marco and have a chat.  Pre dinner duck salami provided.  The pork spit roast was fantastic, shoot the night before and cooked with beech honeydew.  A great array of home made salads accompanied the meat with wonderful home baked corn bread - South American recipe.  One beekeeper stunned us with the most fabulous homemade chocolate cake he baked earlier in the day.  It was a really enjoyable day and evening.  Thanks to NZ Beeswax for goody bags.  This event attracted some long term people in the industry who don't normally attend beekeeping events.  Very scenic drive in the a.m. through hoar frosts.  The newly painted long drop functioned well!  The log burner in the tut room made it warm and snug.  Unfortunately we couldn't use the pond, cos the ice was too thin. 

 

My thoughts are - a great venue for beekeeping events, socialising, and patting horses. 

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Great to hear you had such a fantastic time, look forward to seeing the photos.

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