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December 2019 Apiary Diary

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Love the recycling!!

My butternuts have only just got planted out. Not too worried about that cos I really like them over winter rather than summer.

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@jamesc Is that a boat? Or have I already had too many beers tonight?

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7 minutes ago, mischief said:

 Are you sure they havent just been foraging on salvias. I have a number of plants and was a bit worried at seeing shiney bees til I watched them push their way into the flower.

Yep , as sure as I can be that it’s a virus 

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1 hour ago, BRB said:

@jamesc Is that a boat? Or have I already had too many beers tonight?

Yep .... its a canoe mould.... never got around to making the canoe .... came out of the earth wuake zone.

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32 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Yep .... its a canoe mould.... never got around to making the canoe .... came out of the earth wuake zone.

While you are enjoying your warm sultry fine weather on the east spare a thought for us on the west .

We are under fug here .

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37 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Yep .... its a canoe mould.... never got around to making the canoe .... came out of the earth wuake zone.

I need a canoe here.

3 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

While you are enjoying your warm sultry fine weather on the east spare a thought for us on the west .

We are under fug here .

What is fug?

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2 hours ago, M4tt said:

Yep , as sure as I can be that it’s a virus 

I’ve seen a few here and there. Can’t remember if it’s in my hives or the few “last minute phone 

calls” for hive inspections I had on Friday🤣

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2 hours ago, jamesc said:

The tomatoes are doin better than the pumpkins.

 

 

Early days yet... once they get going, they sure get going. Ours seem to grow six inches overnight, as long as I remember to water them!

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59 minutes ago, Bighands said:

I need a canoe here.

What is fug?

Warm cloudy , nearly rain .

What we get when the east coast has a norwestly

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4 hours ago, Bighands said:

Is that normal?

No. We usually get a lot of winter rain then dry, windy springs. 

This year we didn’t get very much rain in winter so the water tables are really low.  The rain we’re getting at the moment is just enough to wash the nectar out of the manuka  flowers but not enough to fill the ponds. 

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11 hours ago, nikki watts said:

No. We usually get a lot of winter rain then dry, windy springs. 

This year we didn’t get very much rain in winter so the water tables are really low.  The rain we’re getting at the moment is just enough to wash the nectar out of the manuka  flowers but not enough to fill the ponds. 

The hills around takaka are up to 200mls over last 24 hrs

Now coming down at 30 mls an hour .

We are in a bit of a rain shadow from north east here , only 18 mls , but plenty of wind .

But like you the area is still low on average  annual rain

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4 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

The hills around takaka are up to 200mls over last 24 hrs

Now coming down at 30 mls an hour .

We are in a bit of a rain shadow from north east here , only 18 mls , but plenty of wind .

But like you the area is still low on average  annual rain

Lucky you,bucketing down here and blowing

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1 hour ago, Bighands said:

Lucky you,bucketing down here and blowing

Its blown over now , blue sky in the west

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29 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Its blown over now , blue sky in the west

Flight cancelled no trip South and lots of civil defense action on the Westcoast I understand.   5mm of rain in two day here.

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4 hours ago, kaihoka said:

The hills around takaka are up to 200mls over last 24 hrs

Now coming down at 30 mls an hour .

We are in a bit of a rain shadow from north east here , only 18 mls , but plenty of wind .

But like you the area is still low on average  annual rain

My husband is driving from motueka to Christchurch today. He’s just north of Murchison and called to say he just past a container floating down the river. 

Update... also someone’s hives 

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38 minutes ago, BJC said:

Flight cancelled no trip South and lots of civil defense action on the Westcoast I understand.   5mm of rain in two day here.

We've had probably 500mm in last two days. Went into town and saw two cars loaded with kayaks headind out to enjoy flooded rivers. Not everyones unhappy with the rain.

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1 hour ago, nikki watts said:

My husband is driving from motueka to Christchurch today. He’s just north of Murchison and called to say he just past a container floating down the river. 

Update... also someone’s hives 

Takaka area rain last 24 hrs Screenshot_2019-12-03-14-54-59.thumb.png.dea1e085f73e5d67b018922bb702f547.png

 

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2 hours ago, nikki watts said:

My husband is driving from motueka to Christchurch today. He’s just north of Murchison and called to say he just past a container floating down the river. 

Update... also someone’s hives 

 

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I wonder what's in the container😋

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18 minutes ago, jamesc said:

I wonder what's in the container😋

1080?

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Just talking to a mate in Collingwood, planning our upcoming Kingfish mission. He got stuck at school because the river was flowing over the bridge. Doubly annoyed because the school was closed in the morning because of the flooding.

 

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52 minutes ago, Markypoo said:

Just talking to a mate in Collingwood, planning our upcoming Kingfish mission. He got stuck at school because the river was flowing over the bridge. Doubly annoyed because the school was closed in the morning because of the flooding.

 

The teachers always used to send the kids home early if they thought the river would flood the road across the valley .

It does not flood anywhere as much as I remember .

We do not get the amount of northerlies as we used to .

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Manuka areas are so packed now days, I done a site today and got 4x 3/4 boxes from 24 hives and I had them up to strength. The majority were looking like they had half a box of Kanuka already so at least they're gonna cover cost 🤞

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2 hours ago, Maru Hoani said:

Manuka areas are so packed now days, I done a site today and got 4x 3/4 boxes from 24 hives and I had them up to strength. The majority were looking like they had half a box of Kanuka already so at least they're gonna cover cost 🤞

Is there still money in non active pure  manuka honey

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Manuka flowering profusely near Princetown , Victoria , Australia . I’ve seen no beehives around at all 

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