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  1. On 7/01/2021 at 4:07 PM, kaihoka said:

    In tasman all the berries and black currants have been ripped out for hops.

    And a whole lot of fruit trees in waihopi valley are being ripped out for a cannabis opperation.

    As if the world needs more drugs and less food .!!

    i understand the block up the Waihopi is just a seed rising operation for the other blocks,

    it is said that it will be a state of the arttunnel house operations, going to be on a par to a prision as far as fences go, spot lights and more cameras than you can poke a stick at, 

  2. well happy new year every one, its been a while since i have been on here, whats happened at our end, first off we took no honey off last season, what honey we took off was by the box full this then went onto autumn splits, good thing we did this as we seemed to lose alot of hives for no real reason at all,

    hive sites have been looked at to the view...are they producing the type of honey we want, if not they are gone, the other thing is are the hives we seem to have to travel from one end of marlborough to the other worth the cost, if poorer producer they are gone,

    sales.. well if it wasn't for the farmers market we would be sunk, we are doing three markets per week, before xmas it was 4 some weeks,

    we have product  in one super market, one cafe, one gift shop and one second hand shop, and one church market. we are looking at another 3 places to sell honey , but it is getting harder to find places that have not already got honey,

    now on top of all this the first part of the season very little honey hit the hives, plenty of flowering but nothing else, still not doing much better going by the hive in the back yard,

    so next week we are going to attack the hives bring back what there is and load them up for the main flow.....with luck,

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  3. got one last week, only one we've seen this year, any way i was setting out on the grass having a feed and then the buzzing started,

    oh cool a swarm, this swarm flew right into one of the boxes i had piled up waiting for swarms, just so easy

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  4. have to agree about the wasps damaged or lost hives due to wasps, our total would only be 3 this year, but hive loss and numbers or low numbers in hives that where strong one month ago is climbing for no reason that  i can see, strips in tons of honey left on and in easy reach of bees,

    there seems to be a big lost in hives that were left on straw berrie blocks and vege producing blocks!

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  5. I think you are right a bout the drought, it would be the driest i've seen it for at least 12 years here in Marlborough,

    had a few hives with the start of new queen cells, one with a supersedure cell as well, seems the bees maybe thinking the same thing

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  6. 22 hours ago, jamesc said:

    Perfect.

    Perhaps we should organise a night to wsrm the Honky Tonk .... the final stages of the Covid project.

    Perhaps we could get a celebrity Unicorn to play Piano...

    The interesting and enlightening thing about this project is that it was built mosyly from junk we had lieing around .

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    a blind man would be pleased to see it, awesome and even the rustic door stop.

  7. On 16/02/2020 at 11:33 AM, Snap said:

    Thxs Alastair, to be honest I haven’t had a chance to eat my honey yet..but I stirred up everything and stored into a  20l container.

    last year I dispensed honey into small individual bottles..

    over the winter, the honey when into crystallized. Therefore this year I decided to keep bulk in container and thinking it can easily be stir back to liquid?

     

    like all bee keepers and extractors is pretty much a given that you taste a bit on your finger when working honey, frames etc 

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  8. On 11/05/2020 at 7:09 PM, YTB8TA270 said:

    Yellow comb? This year I had one hive in an apiary of four draw out three boxes of very yellow comb, none in the others. Have wondered what it could have been and why just the one hive?

    yes i had much the same a bout two years ago, 6 hives and one had very yellow wax, this was in a semi bush block - honey was nice

     

    On 11/05/2020 at 8:26 PM, Philippa Thomas said:

    I had some lovely tasting honey taken off late March, pale yellow from very yellow wax and cappings, I also thought most likely from cats ear as it was flowering prolifically at the time. Mid Jan extracted very light honey from similarly coloured frames, most likely lotus major as there was a good flowering then that the bees were working keenly.

    i could be wrong, but i always seem to get a darker honey from cats ear,

  9. On 21/04/2020 at 4:46 PM, olbe said:

    @phil46 my father in law had one of those welders from new - it came with 10 amp plug he used it for years with no issues

    yer we had one on the farm many years ago. only 10 amp plug, i would wield all day some times, things never got hot.

    they are a good old work horse as far as i'am concerned,

    i currently use a cheapee 130 mig, gasless this i find does alot of the wielding i need to do,

     

    keep this post going i'am finding it very interesting,

    On 23/04/2020 at 6:29 PM, john berry said:

    I am starting to feel like a failure as I seem to be the only one on the forum with zero ability to weld anything. Normally if I want something I just build it out of wood but if I absolutely need something made from metal I either pay for it or if it's a small job I have a tame engineer who loves a taste of my manuka comb honey. My uncle Russell Berry tried to teach me  welding in my youth but welding and backing trailers seems to have been left of my DNA strands.

    your not alone there, some of my stick wields i feel a blob of bubble gum would hold and look better

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  10. 23 hours ago, Bighands said:

    I hope so as well but people do not have the money to spend as no work.You watch, a world depression I am afraid

    higher tax's so the govt can recoop some of the money they have given out, 

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  11. 1 hour ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    What was wrong.

     

    i think it was sucking air in a wee hole in fuel line, so carby and every thing alse got a sort out as well, made cover for motor as the last dipstick to use it left it out uncovered, then thought i would wield some tubing for the indicator wires as well, then of cause it got a paint job,  

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  12. 22 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Kevin I can't answer that, me, I only have one type, bush honey, so not able to compare with my own numbers.

     

    But i eyeball the honey section each time I'm in a supermarket, and noticed the clover seems to have plenty in stock where the other types have empty spaces on the shelves.

     

    My thought on that is that clover is percieved as a run of the mill honey while some other types are percieved as having health benefits. That's my theory, could be totally wrong though.

     

    At this time, if you look at Facebook or other internet sources there is a lot of advice being bandied around about eat this or eat that, cos it will supposedly boost your immune system, or whatever. Probably nearly all this information is bogus, however there is a definate public interest in trying to eat healthy stuff.

    we have sold more bush this last few weeks than any other honey, our bush has a mix of manuka, kanuka and kamahe to 53% the rest bits of every thing, taste really nice

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  13. 7 minutes ago, yesbut said:

    ..and comes with noise & fumes.  Starting an axe presents no problems. Far better for mental health than a machine that won't go.

    its going now, only took two days, the last person to use it wont get it again, 

    could hear some one a couple doors down banging wedges swinging an axe and i thought-poor ######,

    yell out if you want to use it,

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  14. On 30/03/2020 at 11:45 AM, yesbut said:

    I've never been attracted by wood splitters. I have always enjoyed having a pile of blocks and a splitting hammer in the back yard, just wander out every now and then give another couple of blocks the message. August is our firewooding month. As soon as there's room in the shed, down come another few trees, usually blackwoods, this year it'll be eucs. They have two summers to dry before I use them...

    yer i have all the wedges, splitting axe etc, but by golly a log splitter is so easy

  15. 14 hours ago, Alastair said:

    Wow that looks pretty smart Kevin! ?

     

    Re the motor stalling, since it's happening when you put the air filter on is there a blockage in the air filter, ie when it was off did it get water in the sponge or something? So easiest place to start is give the air filter a wash in petrol and re oil if it's one of those ones then see if that works.

     

    After that, play with the air / fuel mix screw.

     

    That's the quick and easy stuff but if none of that works, a lot of those engines have pretty basic carby's now and they get a bit of water in and you get oxidation around the jets or in some other places, even where the rubber gasket goes that has a flapper type thing for feeding petrol through. In that case the carby has to be totally stripped and immaculately cleaned, probably need a new gasket and see how that works. 

     

     

     

    ok so have cleaned out the carby poked wire though and took out bits put back together and gave every thing a blow with the compressor, mucked around with the air fuel mix or the only thing i could find that i could adjust,  still runs like ####, even if i just sit the filter on but not screw down it still runs rough, have cleaned filter but very little #### was in it, any other ideas,

    have reset spark plug gap, what should the gap be between the fly wheel and coil thingee be

  16. On 29/02/2020 at 8:15 PM, kevin moore said:

    still the same,

    ok not quite a shot of the whole shed, but cleaned out enough to give the log splitter a much needed paint job, was a dull faded green, after few wielding repairs it came up not to bad, then made a cover for the motor as well,

    i have now only one problem with it, when i had my op the person that used it left it out in the rain uncovered, managed to get the motor going but soon as i put the air filter on it seems to starve it self of air, any one got any idea what i need to do, thanks

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  17. On 29/03/2020 at 3:57 PM, Alastair said:

    I noticed the slow downward trend i was seeing in the local supermarket came to an end maybe a couple of months ago, and since then prices are up a tad for most brands.

     

    My own honey has sold like hotcakes in the frenzy leading up to the shut down, I'm just hoping people actually eat it, so there will still be some customers on the other side.

    which types are selling the best up there ?

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