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  1. On 29/03/2018 at 11:45 AM, Gabor said:

    I usually play along when I got a call about my windows computer "having security problems" although I do not have a windows computer at home at all, and I confuse the hell out of the caller (I'm an evil IT specialist :) but when my friends call me for advice re these calls I freak out, how genuine they can sound and fooling people around. They can cause real damage. 

    got one from so called BNZ saying they will lock my acc if i did not do as they ask, had to go to some other site, yer no

     i don't have bnz acc's

  2. 1 hour ago, M4tt said:

    I’ve just taste tested the first of this seasons creamed honey.


    It is stronger and darker than usual, probably because there is no clover in it because there has been hardly any around this year.


    A darn nice drop if I may say so 


    Tomorrow I will take some Persian Clover honey off ( it was supposed to be Crimson clover ,  but there is not a single plant of that in the sward). It has virtually finished flowering now , so it needs grazing . Apparently the seed will germinate in cow dung after its been through the cow 



    thats not to dark for cats ear, would have thought it darker than that

  3. 12 hours ago, lexy said:

    i made homogenizer out of a windscreen wiper motor from a car and a stainless steel mixing paddle from a milking vat off a dairy farm. 12 volt, runs off a battery charger. and sits on a frame above the vat. works surprisingly well

    any pic's ?

  4. 8 hours ago, kaihoka said:

    It did once have all those lovely big deciduous trees and cherry orchards and peaches apricots .

    But you are right now it is just a monoculture of grapes .


    we are now down to about 7 cherry orchards and a couple of apple orchards i think

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  5. On 10/01/2020 at 10:51 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

    The West Coast of the South Island has to be one of the best places on this earth :) 

    yer nar malborough although at this time of year there is always that ever present wiff of sulfur in the air.

  6. any drawn frame is like having money in the bank, bees do not have to turn round and rebuild comb, there fore producing honey, we have have a few plastics but use  and make all wooden,

    if you get AFB which you will some time a wooden frame is much nicer to burn than a plastic

  7. 17 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

    Why does Karin Kos keep underplaying the state of the industry right now.

    25-50% drop in prices ?
    it’s more like 70% if you can even sell it.

    She also says it’s a temporary problem, I wonder what her idea of temporary is.

    what would you put a sustainable level at ?

    im sure it’s different for many beekeepers for all sorts of reasons 

    may be its time she moves on, dose not seem to do much for us little chaps,

    5 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

    how do you even get your head around working it out ?

    i have no clue how much we need to get to be sustainable I just blunder along and hope for the best.

    not a very good one of running a business is it

    reading some thing some where last night they say that our neighbors over the dich could be looking at 50 -75% down on there honey crop, i could be wrong i stand corrected, 

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  8. 15 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Met up with Chris today, he was not much interested in the coffee but definately wanted to get dirty in some hives.


    For a scientist (LOL) he is very practical I was able to trust him working his own hives and he speeded up my day.


    But seriously, he has a great depth of knowledge in certain bee related areas, he shared a bit with me today, and I'll be back in touch with him in the future if there are any difficult issues I need answers on that are in his field. 


    He is keenly looking forward to meeting Trevor and James, I would highly recommend him to anyone else also.



    Chris 1.jpg


    whats the netting your using ?

  9. 23 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Yup, i bought that saw bench nearly 40 years ago and it was second hand when i got it. Had new bearings and a couple of motor reconditions, but it's part of my life now ha ha.


    Re the leather, that would be pretty cool Kevin. I don't want to relieve another man of his lambskin, but i'll be running this bellows for a while to see if any design improvements are needed, then if i do have to build another I'll get in touch, so the ultimate, leather clad, bellows can be built. 😉


    What I could do is send you a template, so you could cut out the piece needed, and not have to send me more than needed.


    In fact, the more i consider that idea, the better it sounds. 🙂. Give me the rest of the season to work this bellows, then I'll be in touch. 👍


    And by the way, the 2 inlet hole idea was stolen from you. 😎

    my saw vi got for $40.00 it was sitting out side down the back of a cherry farm here,

    leather just let me know when,

    yer you need two holes, so much better

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  10. On 16/11/2019 at 4:53 PM, Alastair said:

    Did not get 100% the results with the smoker bellows I made, so today I knocked up the mark 2. 🙂


    This is bigger than anything you can buy and had the room so I put in two inlet holes. 


    This puppy blows WAY more air than anything else I have ever used, and can quickly puff up a storm, which is a great boon, when needed.








    Show me a pic of your smoker.


    If it is compatable, I will send you a home made bellows you can screw on, and then blow smoke all over your buddy. 😉

    thats better, yell out if you want to try abit of leather, i got a little saw bench like that, a great wee secondary saw for the smaller stuff 

  11. 13 hours ago, Alastair said:

    When I tried Varroa Death Strips last year, they just had a row of 3 staples down each side, looked like it was done with just a normal office type paper stapler. Not quite the finess of a nicely sewing machined job, but seemed to work. Would certainly be a heckuva lot quicker.

    I have used the old office paper stapler with no problems.

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  12. 9 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Yes I've been in touch with a couple here, unfortunately they were not helpful. Thanks for the offer Trevor, I intend to do some more investigation locally but if I don't get a good result I'll get back to you on it.



    The vinyl? I don't know exactly what it is I just went to an upholsterer and got an off cut. Not sure how long it will last, I would like to know myself, what is a good vinyl for the purpose.

    replaced my vinyl with lamb skin leather, goes great, also added another inlet hole up higher and put a leather patch over it so it pulls in when releasing the bellows and pushes hard against the wood when pushing, the patch needs to be quite flexible to work, yell out if you want to try some leather Alastair,

    the battery powered smokers with the fan goes pretty good, just pain changing batterys

  13. On 8/11/2019 at 8:01 AM, Gino de Graaf said:

    I don't sense too much hostility, more frustration at not being heard. I also shared my Tape outcome, and no one could give me a answer. There are others, who either don't share or are not here on forum. We hear the success but fail to see hives thrive when using it. Do we suck at our jobs? Our bees are sicker? Our conditions don't suit? 

    well i was beginning to think i suck at beekeeping after loosing so many hives, things are looking better, i did think it was the oxy strips not strong enough, have put another round in as i think we still need to learn more about using them, so far all building up great, a little slow in some places, but thats to do with where they are, the hives that dropped out tended to be the older hives the newer splits bolted though, so not really sure what to think, i'am just glade theres a heap of honey still in the shed,

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  14. 11 hours ago, Bighands said:

    Yes it was why did you not introduce yourself

    I didn't go over I saw a post on face book and thought I think I know who that is, great wee set up with the cart and the bike, are you based round the fox river,?

    will get over to see you some time when I get the bus back on the road,

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