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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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. You can start a thread after the event.
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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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    Hello Yesbut - Interesting comment. Is there something happening I should know about? This weekend to & fro to Whangarei with Air NZ was absolutely farcical & incredibly stressful. When I arrived I felt like doing a Pope act to kiss the ground, because I started to think I would never get there. I have got some healthy credits with Air NZ, but I will not be booking anymore until they get their act together. I cannot deal with the timetable changes on a daily basis. They have so many timetable changes it is impossible to plan your life. I am grateful that living in the South Island, I don't have family north of Auckland, cos I would never see them, it would be too much drama to attempt to do so. I cannot waste my life away dealing with all their timetable changes, changes of routes, cancellations of routes, phenomenal transit times in Auckland.
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    Last week's Beekeeping Knowledge very successful & participants extremely happy with delivery of tutorial, facility & lunch & some socialising over the break. Last thing I expected there to be avid note taking on, was the soup recipe which I didn't have because I am a Guess By God cook. Thanks to NZ Beeswax for goody bags. Already a nice group number for 12 July, can take more registrations.
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    Everything on track for tomorrow's beekeeping tut. I can take one more booking.
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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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    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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    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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    ALL CANTERBURY HUB EVENTS ARE DEFERRED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. OUR MAIN EVENT THE BEEKEEPERS' DAY OUT IS CANCELLED UNTIL 2021
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    Cost for current MBA members is $10
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    Having done the course, I say quite a lot actually. Combine it with club meetings once a month for the practical side, and it works very well. I could almost guarantee anyone would learn something from it, even those with years of experience. But ya know thats just my personal opinion!
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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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    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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