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Russ

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  1. Have been busy collecting firewood, the past week and watching the bees finally bring in more than they are consuming. Have actually seen some bees on the manuka, the rewarewa didn't flower very well again, the clover is making an appearance. Now I have to move hive's to make way for a new highway. Happy New Year.
  2. A couple of weeks ago we had a swarm at work, so I was called, and expected to do something with it. So I banged on some steel beams and watched them land about 4 metres up a Kanuka bush, I had a go at getting them at smoko but ran out of time, then in the evening after work, but again with no luck. So I turned up extra early the next day and still couldn't get them down, I resisted the temptation at morning smoko and left them to it, they were still there at lunchtime, so after a quick bite to eat I went out armed with a saw and proceeded to prune a PNCC tree without permission. The
  3. That looks amazing, I will have to try and make one myself.
  4. 8-Layer Honey Cake Recipe (Medovik) NATASHASKITCHEN.COM This honey cake is so soft and fantastic. The honey baked into the cake layers pairs perfectly with the simple sour cream frosting. It will WOW your crowd!
  5. No, not my birthday. Will try and find the recipe and post it on here.
  6. I'm surrounded by a Dairy farm, and the annual honey crop is a bit light, maybe thats why they go for the pine.
  7. When I started bee keeping, I was told that bees ignore pine trees, but no one told the bees.
  8. Had this cake at work smoko yesterday, I supplied the honey and one of the office girls baked it, it was delish.
  9. Bees getting stuck into the Rhodos today.
  10. Went out to the farm to collect a dead hive with a hole chewed in the side, as I placed it on the back of the Hilux, out ran a large rat, and no one heard me squeal, so it must have been the rat.
  11. My new bee truck, first try out today and it went well, can't carry many boxes but it's cool to drive and I get a few looks from the fairer sex, but I'm told they are looking at the car, not me.
  12. A few years ago, I worked for a firm that built Rotary cowshed platforms, we used gasless mig wire on the galv pipework, it worked well for the job at hand, but I would not have used it on any structural welds, it was to brittle. The company I work for now, uses Flux cored wire with CO2 for structural work, I prefer hard wire with Argoshield gas, which is a mix of Argon, Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen. I didn't know there was Oxygen in the mix until I just look it up on the BOC website.
  13. Go to BOC or Tradezone and they will sort you out a welder that will suit what you want to do, I would use an Arc/Stick, rather than Mig, unless you are proficient in Mig welding.
  14. Wait until you have to pay a fitter turner. A welder can build a large structure in a few hours and a turner can machine a very small component in the same amount of time. Most customers don't mind paying for a structure you can park a car under, because they can see something of substantial size but for the same price I can machine something you can hold in your hand.
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