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We've been back on the coast.

 

This morning  I got up real early and cruised down to look at some of the hives we had pulled honey off a week ago. They were very light on stores in the brood and we had left them with two frames of honey to keep them ticking along.  We  had pulled three boxes off them and placed a box of foundation above the queen excluder to give the bees a place to congregate.

I was very happy with what I saw ...... another box of of honey. No reason to panic so they can wait it out for the late Rata flow. yeah right !.

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Ah there you are Big Hands ..... I'm pretty sure you are right ..... but the way the weather and seasons are we'll wait and see ..... happy heavy bees can stay put for a week or too.

No rush for the Dew bro.

As an aside I got offered $6/kg for the dew yesterday. Could I wait til the end of the year as the purchaser had no funds at present.What that tells me is that white honey should be worth a litttle bit more .....

I sold a pot of dew at the VTNZ testing station last Saturday $5 bucks as it had a tattered label. The truckie came back with ten bucks. Nice.  The following day  I sold a tonne of rata for $10 bucks a kilo......   which is why we are back on the Speights again.

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2 hours ago, jamesc said:

Ah there you are Big Hands ..... I'm pretty sure you are right ..... but the way the weather and seasons are we'll wait and see ..... happy heavy bees can stay put for a week or too.

No rush for the Dew bro.

As an aside I got offered $6/kg for the dew yesterday. Could I wait til the end of the year as the purchaser had no funds at present.What that tells me is that white honey should be worth a litttle bit more .....

I sold a pot of dew at the VTNZ testing station last Saturday $5 bucks as it had a tattered label. The truckie came back with ten bucks. Nice.  The following day  I sold a tonne of rata for $10 bucks a kilo......   which is why we are back on the Speights again.

Good that rata is being valued at $10.

What had the coast bees filled up on earlier , kamahi .

The wind has dropped and my bees are finally collecting . 

It tastes like manuka or kanuka .

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19 hours ago, kaihoka said:

Good that rata is being valued at $10.

What had the coast bees filled up on earlier , kamahi .

The wind has dropped and my bees are finally collecting . 

It tastes like manuka or kanuka .

the bee had gathered kamahi ..... and now are on ..... not sure..... penny royal, lotus sativa or maybe clover. One thing is or sure, they are not on the raw sugar

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Just back from 10 days drifting around west coat from Port Waikato down to Wanganui. Lots of light manuka flowering all the way. Saw more beek outfits on the road than hives but did notice a heap of hives up Rotorangi amongst the manuka....

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18 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Just back from 10 days drifting around west coat from Port Waikato down to Wanganui. Lots of light manuka flowering all the way. Saw more beek outfits on the road than hives but did notice a heap of hives up Rotorangi amongst the manuka....

One of the jars of honey you gave me has been sitting in the tunnel house untill it liquified.

It has lots of bubbles and tastes like manuka / kanuka 

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14 hours ago, yesbut said:

Just back from 10 days drifting around west coat from Port Waikato down to Wanganui. Lots of light manuka flowering all the way. Saw more beek outfits on the road than hives but did notice a heap of hives up Rotorangi amongst the manuka....

 

I’ve noticed the same around Canterbury. I think people are weary after all the reported thefts and vandalism. 

 

Shame, I used to enjoy a nosy Beek. 

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1 minute ago, yesbut said:

No. I'd stick to tagasaste if I were you

Very hard to grow here .

It hates clay and pigeons really love it .

I planted 50   and they got the lot,  the Moment they got over a metre the pigeons found them and ate them to death .

The same thing happpens with kowhai. 

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