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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. Reckon that Yesbut is right - diagonal ss bracing with tensioners in each length - in recent major earthquakes, buildings sitting on piles in the ground with braced wooden framing fared way better than those sitting on slab concrete floors.
  2. Sorry, not a prayer of stirring it back to a liquid unless you cream it. Will turn into one big crystalised mass.
  3. Working on the mission Alastair, waiting for reply.
  4. I had assumed you would have had blue blood.
  5. Dr Google says it will start playing in NZ from March 5th, generally in smaller boutique cinemas. From the trailer would be one of my must sees for this year. Was nominated for Oscars for best Doco, and foreign film.
  6. Either you have a short memory, or else you think everyone else does, not sure which applies.
  7. Problem you will encounter is that very soon the sodding ants will move in. Can leave in dark coloured car to heat it up. I put the legs of the extractor in 3 litre ice cream containers with some water it to prevent them overtaking the extractor.
  8. I would be surprised if someone with the skills and access to the mountain of moth-balled paper and cardboard making machinery around the country does not see the opportunity, and set-up a specialised fibre based product with the structural integrity to eliminate all the sewing.
  9. I think most who read a monumentally funny post by Merk several years ago would have stopped using tape for cuffs, either that or always carry spare suit etc - possibly well before Philbee started beekeeping.
  10. I reckon it's really going to be a church - lets be honest, doesn't matter if half the parishioners are starving, everyone still contributes every week to the church to ensure it's ongoing wealth. A shrewd and cunning plan @jamesc never heard of a church going broke, and can have honey festival to raise money for the 'church'. Variation on the black teeshirts and expensive rings that pervade South Auck, which has proved a right little earner. James for bishop or perhaps pope anytime soon?
  11. Pretty meaty construction going on there - is that untreated pine, or something else?
  12. Up side of this is that you now realise why so many of us - particularly up north where quite a few have crossed over to the dark side lament it, as when a hive has a first cross of the two lines, things can really change for the worse rapidly.
  13. Thanks to globalisation and the 'just in time' philosophy' China sneezes, and the world has a global slowdown - Wuhan manufactures so many parts - some for the car industry and also components for the I-pad products for example that impact so many large enterprises, so effect will be instant and widespread. Prior to the crash in the early nineties, all prudent NZ manufacturers always had at least four to six months raw materials on hand, so if something happened, manufacturing rolled on, then the hatchet men came in and bought these companies, adopted the just in time idea, stopped stocking ahead, so low and behold companies looked a great deal more profitable because the reduced materials in stock, so were snapped up as market darlings, then to remain looking profitable, the redundancies to reduce salary outgoings started. Lets hope the world is not starting that type of cycle again.
  14. Some of us are just about to the stage of storm envy. Here, the cracks in the clay are real ankle breakers - I have some over 30 mm wide here.
  15. That helps make the decision for you, keep the golden ones and all the beeks around you are happy, or keep BB (and you can keep believe it stands for Black Beauty all you wish) for just a percentage might be the 'right' colour.
  16. Hive tools are considered a very low risk, but at under $10, as far as I am conserned, would rather spend that than dig a hole to burn a hive - particularly while the clay is as hard as concrete.
  17. Worry not Fluffy, you have the huge advantage of being in the Waikato where Dr Mark Goodwin has had a program going to lower the AFB rate in the area, so having had a diseasathon, and followups it is more closely monitored than many areas. In Auck where we have what can only be described as a stupid number of apiaries, many of us are in areas where there has been a case in the last couple of years, so are showing as red on the Apiweb, but fortunately many of us have yet to have it strike us - thank goodness. just make sure you don't take risks shifting gear from hive to hive, and never have more invested in hiveware than you can afford to burn. Some who have blithely started and split/split/split, and then find they have multiple hives so burn start to moan, but they made the decision to grow the number of hives very quickly before they could recognise AFB. Please read the yellow book on The Elimination Of American Foulbrood Without the Use of Drugs by Mark Goodwin again just to help ensure you remember the details.
  18. I believe a commercial up here used to leave their wets out in the open for the bees to rob out, warned by Assure Quality to stop and desist, continued next year, and lost their DECA as many other peoples hives in a very crowded area, so suggest making it a one off.
  19. In the early sixties, someone I trained with when first working married a teacher, and two weeks later shifted to a sole charge school on the barrier, and had to try and work out a month's food etc order as barge only went once a month -can remember receiving a 200 ml bottle of a really 'rugged' plum wine they made - ten hangovers in each 10 mls. Then they used to draw the surnames out of a hat, literally when enrolling at the school. The best bit was that as the end of the month approached, the locals appreciated the problem of trying to forecast the food,and kids would arrive at school with - not an apple for the teacher, but a huge pack-horse crayfish or something similar to keep them going.
  20. From a yachties point of view, Barrier was brilliant - can have anchor 50 ft down, and see it in the water, and the terrain is very steep in many parts - when you are mainly rowing to shore and walking. Only one sandy beach on the western side at Catherine (or Katherine) Bay. Walking, there were many different coloured soils at any cuttings in the soil, as so many different minerals - copper mining was an early industry, and then there were the crayfish and scallops!
  21. Not quite that old. My father always thought that for logic, one mouse, two mice, so one house two hice - somehow wasn't taken up.
  22. I am very wary of any of those huge 'charities' as has been widely published this week, of the money raised by the Red Cross for those affected by the fires in Aussie, $11 million will go to 'operating expenses' of Red Cross, and that is not what it was donated for. I would rather help someone local than pass help to a corporate structure thinking that 'they know best'.
  23. In Mangere, the Salvation Army have managed to majorly cull the 'Home Trucks' which have spent years going around on the day before pay-day selling grossly overpriced things to those without the petrol or means to get to the shops, right outside their home, and lend money at an obscene rate, which quickly spirals, and can't be repaid, The sallies have sold at reasonable prices, urgent requirements only, and each truck has a budgeting expert who sits and starts the process of getting them debt-free, and sets up appointments to continue the process, so to me all is not doom and gloom, I have immense respect for the Mangere Budgeting Service and many of their current current volunteers were once clients, which proves the system works, and very well.
  24. So it's better that families - often large live as virtual slaves? If the person who raises the loan dies albeit form suicide, the family must still pay the loan and growing interest back, no escape for those left behind.
  25. Because he was at school not long after me, probably also gets the screaming abdabs with hive roofs instead of hive rooves as it used to be spelt.
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