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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. As a hobbist often helping newbeeks, if last inspection was Christmas, I would be suggesting PPBK was the problem - its March for goodness sakes and I would never use a gap filler instead of a bit of wood to close down an entrance.
  2. I must say, I have read your posts very thoroughly and feel that I have failed to appreciate that I need to approach beekeeping more as a sport and get my diet right. @jamesc do you think that if I sacrificed my rose in summer and Cab Sav/Merlot in winter and switched to Speights Lager in summer and Speights Ale in winter I may have cracked you impressive system? But not forgetting the obligatory Guiness on March 17.
  3. Thank you, as it is acrylic, not likely to be giving off any toxic fumes much.
  4. That's probably a record take for a hobby beek @jamesc.
  5. Is that white sealant across the entrance, and if yes, which one?
  6. Hopefully a no vote will promulgate a grand coming together of the various factions and a more sensible management of the industry. Even the corporates are not thriving in the marketplace as the Comvita results attest to, they have anticipated the new manuka tests and the levy, and have a huge stockpile to explain to their shareholders. Beehives, their number, placement and health have to be more highly factored into the decisions because without that focus many will suffer because of the incompetence of the not so few. Might is right has not been a winning formula.
  7. Thank you @john berry, excellent read, really enjoyed the book, fastest I have got through one in a long time. The more we know of history the greater the chance of not repeating the mistakes.
  8. Lynda Hallinan - past editor of Gardening NZ is on a road trip around the country - in South Island currently launching her latest book called Damson and is demoing Damson Gin - with sugar as part of the blurb.Dammed funny and seriously good.
  9. When I was trying to buy milk protein - sodium caseinate to make the bee pollen sub in Practical Beekeeping, Fonterra made it quite plain that as I only wanted a small amount, would be easiest to get some re-imported from China. Fortunately found a smaller sane manufacturer. I didn't need the melamine added.
  10. Had a friends mother pop her clogs last June at a month over 111, and going by her, you don't qualify as she was an absolutely charming lady, but more than slightly ditsy, even when we just started college we could con her into all sorts of things, so not looking good @Philbee, as too onto it, as she didn't sweat anything - she was blissfully unaware.
  11. Before you get any more hives, find a really, really good longterm commercial beek and offer to go out as free labour for a few days and get a real grip on just how much heavy, hot real work there is in commercial beekeeping.
  12. Synthetic is another of the marketing spin words. Personally I would not for one minute wish to go to a factory in China producing 99.9% Oxalic Acid, or concentrated Formic acid, to suggest that it would be a place fit for humans is laughable, it's a case of out of sight, out of mind.
  13. Front left of the bucket looks like frames side bars in the making, and front right of bucket, saw-bench push sticks.
  14. You don't understand @Adam Boot, from the beekeepers point of view, all honey which is proven to be substantially manuka must be able to be marketed as such, with no quick fixes to satisfy those making a living off the sweat of the beekeepers. It must be properly sorted.
  15. My opinion was formed with the benefit of a couple of decades standing at a laboratory bench, both in research but mostly product development in chemical manufacturing, which usually involved developing and implementing the quality control systems, and any company you tried to convince to use a set of 4 or 5 tests which are mathematically unrelated to each other to define it's purity would have had you down the road before you finished speaking, no matter how gold plated you tried to make it sound. You may benefit from the current definition, while real beekeepers are seeing their quality product fail testing because numpties thought something was better than nothing.
  16. Not only that, your generation is educating us ignorant olds to a whole new range we were blissfully unaware of.
  17. Also means that the buckets all stack together in winter, which for hobby beeks with limited space, it's a winner.
  18. Thank you, I withdraw the comment - I was following on from another post.
  19. Maybe you are developing the next big thing in beekeeping - smoked honey, get Puriti onto it, could be brilliant, no levy needed to develop, just swept up packaging. Seriously though, hope all your hives are getting on with the work.
  20. The voting for excetive members is hive number related - once again a few biggies get what they want. Even if every owner/operator voted for the same people, would have a snowflakes hope in hell.
  21. I have a friend at Karekare Beach who has had tutu very close to her hives for 30 years and has always tested since it was available, and because of all the other forage, has not had a duff test.
  22. Most probably some numpty authoritatively explaining how to put flee killer in sodding jam, happens every year somewhere. Don't worry, Karin Kos thinks it's all part of the process.
  23. 55 mm spacers would mean you could use 3/4 boxes in the meantime.
  24. The ongoing Valentines Day?
  25. Not a single meeting in Auckland, a city of over 1 1/2 million people with more than it's share of commercial beekeepers, so either travel to Whangarei or Hamilton.
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