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Everything posted by jamesc

  1. When the pressures on some big gear saves a lot of time. Nice truck .... 500 horses ....
  2. Epipens are a no brainer. We keep one in the big truck and one in the smoko room. In this day and age it pays for the employer to cover his backside for the eventuality of when the poo hits the fan. We had a situation the other year when an employee went into Ana shock six months after he had started working on the bees. The Epipen was expired, but the medic on the end of the 111 call advised we use it .... I would suggest @ThatBeeGuy talks to the Boss in a quiet time and gently rolls his case.
  3. Lester would be smiling at his percentage ..... eh?
  4. Hmmm ....I think everyone is either chasing Manuka or given up.... or maybe Camterbury Clover after 69mm of rain as the roads are very quiet.
  5. Ha .... tis the season for migration. Stoppedin at my favorite watering hole on the coast tonight for a feed and a snooze. The other year I paid our bar tab in honey.... it was quite a lot of honey.... seems like we are still in credit. some days you jusy gotta love humanity!
  6. And when u get to the holiday spot ....with the kids in the back anxious to get out and play ... whadya know .... the road to the icecream shop is’nt there anymore. what did I say about prior and proper preparation.
  7. Some holiday snaps .... yeah right.
  8. Nah mate.... looks like s island dairy with a token native for a feel good nutrient sink?
  9. Uh huh .....I wonder if the Lux started up again .....
  10. Doesn't look to be a lot of quality flower to make it worth taking the risk .....
  11. Nice. I never met Old Arthur ..... but my mate spent a lot of time with him. In his latter days, the story goes that Arthur wanted to see what the bees were doing up the Gorge ..... the Rakaia gorge. So old mate took him up there one day when they had a run to do. Old mate stopped at a yard to do some jobs and Arthur was left to wander. Old mate made some comment about not wandering too far, in case the time came for Arthur to meet his maker. Well, Arthur's Maker had the plan .... and the two met in the yard up the Gorge. The story goes t
  12. Agreed @yesbut ..... good information there Bro. As I may have commented times before, when I started the bee journey one of the first things I learnt was that locality is everything. A poor beekeeper will make an average living in a good area. A good beekeeper will go broke in a poor area. If I was a world traveller looking to start in this day and age, I'd look for an area with room for expansion and good crops. West Australia springs to mind. Canada too. But if you seek lifestyle on the smell of an oily rag ......then perhaps you may find
  13. You know how it is ..... You sit by the fire on a damp and claggy night with a full belly and the mind starts to wander. You plug the buds in, crack a cold one and let the mind wander. To the TXT that came in at 02.00hrs the other morning from an old mate ...... 'Mate, the world is full of darkness, but your light shines through' ..... Old mate must be back on the weed again. And then the thought as we start to load the trucks with hives and honey boxes for the great migration, and watch the weather forecasts, and finalise win or loose deals on block
  14. Makin more nucs again.... these bees were knocked down to singles last week.... and today ‘spare’ brood sitting above the queen excluder is popped into nucs to cover anticipated winter losses. Two frames of brood n bees and a frame of honey
  15. Uh huh @Goran sometimes one discovers things by accident. I just plonked them in the top feeder because it lives on top of the starter hive .... so it was easier to recharge the cells there. Just like tonight. Thursday night at the Boozer .... got talking to a local guy who has a class five truck licence and no work. I need a driver to ferry empty boxes over the hill and bring an empty truck home the next day. An accidental meeting .... but the outcome will be perfect . Serendipity in action. Or is the just the higher spirit looking out for us all
  16. You gotta love those poly nucs.... new queens 12 days after going out
  17. I quite like putting all the new cell cups into the top feeder and top her up with syrup.... they seem to take quite well when grafted into
  18. Aah... big sigh .....How I love this time of year . The hard work is done. The bees are pumping The adrenalin is running The phone is hot ..... bees coming out of pollination from under nets look like a box of garbage .... the workers got lost on the way home ... no wonder we call them suicide hives. Long lost mates resurface with blocks of potential ... New mates txt to say the Beeman has done a runner to more money What we gonna do ? Chase the hundy kilo at four bucks Or chase the hundy bucks at four kilo,
  19. Hey @southbeeIs that the monkey or the organ grinder standing on the trailer ?
  20. Been a warm day here today. The bees are working the Matagouri and the smell of the nectar is delicious. Main Man and StockMan went for a hunt in the morning and came home with two deer for the BBQ. On the way home they helped lift two downer heifers who have some sort of pinched nerve thing going on and can't get up after calving. The lifter is a pretty medieval sort of device that hooks onto the two hip pin bones and lifts the rear end. And it got me thinking. I commented to Main Man that in the potential absence of slaves this year to help take honey off, we need a
  21. I'm still learning ..... I wonder if I could get some wages .....?
  22. Guys ..... I like the idea . I see no reason to put down someone or organisation who is prepared to take a punt on the future. I have an idea . I have three boys who are quite keen to work the land, but I'm not gonna train any of them. I wouldn't be hard enough on them because they are blood and soul. They need to go elsewhere. So, my advice to Comvita is to go for it, but send the young 'uns out into the wider community with some established beekeepers to learn the hard yards. Places where they can learn the trade one on one with an experienced teacher , and then
  23. Nice ..... Real Man ..... Serious ...... Sometimes you jus gotta do what you gotta do. I remember a few years ago when we first had the Pole on, we got stuck under an irrigation boom. He got his hand caught under the the pipe as the truck squeezed under. He cursed and swore But still had a smile on his dial at the other end. Those Poles are Hard Men. I have an immense amount of respect for the amount of Speights they can drink !
  24. Uh Huh ..... In this neck of the wood we work for love ..... The toil of bended back, The swollen hand, The buzz at shaking new nectar from the frame. The money is second. We live for the rush ... Of pedal on metal over five hundred horses as they hit the hills to the promised land in the dead of a moonlit night. We live for the sweet smell of the night dew And the bitter taste of the black coffee that clears the soggy mind in the early morn. And the sense of optimism of what might be .... The heavy box The honey
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