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Posts posted by Sailabee

  1. I thought that Tony Alexanders article was really interesting, but didn't factor in the drop in oil prices internationally - the Russians and the Middle East are in a battle which will impact USA hugely, as it will drop their income at a time when their trade wars with many countries are only just starting to hit home.

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  2. Thank you @Katipo, had always wondered why everyone got caught up in draping strips over frames as I thought it must make them more difficult to remove. Conventional strips are suspended, Apivar I put toothpicks in to make life easier - wouldn't like to do that as a commercial, but with a few hives, hobbyist can do that quite easily. 

  3. 7 hours ago, yesbut said:

    Trump gets a fever & presses the Button ?

     Overnight on Al Jazeera, Trump did a press conference stating that USA will not have a lockdown, apparently it is not the American way, so soon we will see what would have happened had our government put short-term money in front of peoples lives. Pushing a button would be only marginally worse than what could now be about to happen in the US. Darwinism is alive and well!

  4. At least at this time of the year, most honey is off, and treatments in, so what better time to sit down and plan for next season, work out what needs replacing or refurbishing, and then starting to work on the to do list in the shed.

  5. 46 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

    Perhaps the woman on TV the other night complaining about how difficult it will be to live on rice and porridge could be supplied with a packet of microgreens.  


    Excellent suggestion, that woman certainly didn't evoke any sympathy here..

  6. 2 hours ago, kaihoka said:

    Not even seeds

    Thats ridiculous , if they did not buy them before what makes people think they will know what to do with them now .

    It will just be a big waste of seeds .

    People are all being enouraged to live like hippies now .

    Good luck with that .

    Most hippies gave up cause it was too hard .

    Lynda Hallinan - ex editor of NZ Gardner has posted an excellent 'beginners guide to fast growing food', and is widely followed, and given that everyone will hopefully be spending more time at home in the near future unale to do the things they usually do, whatever seeds she talked about, instantly sold out. She grew micro-greens in used coffee cups, so appealed to the greeny yuppie types.

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  7. 15 minutes ago, ChrisM said:

    sounds to me that they are totally out of control when other councils can operate with only a modestly worded bylaw.

    Is there an ombudsman for crazy councils?

    Obviously not, or else Auck would have unloaded lecherous Len before he started his second term. But on second thoughts, we would need a seperate one just for the lunacy of our super skitty.

  8. 3 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Bit of a surprise, best i can work the maths, I'm going to have to pay less. 😮


    That's because in previous years I've had a large number of apiaries with very few hives in them, and was billed on apiaries. Now I'm billed on hives.


    That is the best of the new charges, it no longer pays to have dump sites, Yahoo!

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  9. 4 hours ago, dacahill said:

    Ok - I'll try for some better | full photos then .. thank you.

    Knowing how many eggs are in each cell is more important than more photos - all eggs of laying workers are drones, and raising them would further weaken the hive.

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  10. Sixteen year old grandson told me a four months ago that Warren Buffett had been cashing up, he reckoned the US would crash because you can't hold trade wars with virtually every large country in the world at once and win, so Trumpty de dump has been rescued with an excuse to explain the drop, it was already going to happen.

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  11. In chemical manufacturing plants there are samples for testing, but also a reasonably large sample which is the 'retained sample' labeled with batch number and date which is generally kept for 5 years, so if there are ever any questions over time about a batch, staff can refer back to the retained samples. 

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  12. 2 hours ago, A J Boot said:

    You need to define blending. Do you mean blending of multiple sources of Manuka Honey to achieve MPI Science Definition or do you refer to the old blending of adulterating Manuka with Bush/Clover because the rules or lack of allowed this practice and it increased profit while deceiving the consumer? - These are very different practices

    Very puzzled, are you not the same identity as set up Puriti, as you only have only two posts?

  13. 10 minutes ago, StephenP said:

    Can you post a photo of the setup so I can see, or a link to the product?

    Thread with photos was possibly a couple of years ago, and can't find it. Too IT challenged to post photo, but it is the same range as you show in the photo you posted above, only you put the white basket out of the 500 ml size into the 1 litre container from the same range - often used to be on sale at the Warehouse. That way, when you roll and shake, the varroa are able to drop away from the bees for counting.

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  14. 4 minutes ago, jamesc said:

    . Back to topic.

    Honey prices at our local store ......1kg Pams clover $19.   1/2 kg pot  Budget clover $10.50 .


    We've had some really strong honey sales lately ..... to the roading crew rebuilding the highway at Glenroy.

    Main Man brings in the empty pots on a morning, drops them off filled the next day. . $12/kg.  No charge for delivery.



    Think you have stumbled on a much overlooked possible target market, just hope they tell their friends who tell their friends....

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  15. 5 hours ago, StephenP said:

    At least they can walk away, though with perhaps a limp. Similar with a sugar shake. I suppose that's the advantages of having an exoskeleton.

    Some of the $2 shops have packets of about 5 of the sports ball inflator fittings that fit in the tyre pump fitting which work well only need a 3 mm hole in container, and all good to go.

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