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Mummzie last won the day on May 13 2019

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  1. we have been asked to remain isolated/separate..............not sterile.
  2. there is still the requirement that you have or will suffer a 30% drop in income as a result of covid- Providing the proof of that will likely come later.....so if you claim, be able to prove the income drop
  3. No need for an accountant to apply- its very simple. The business needs to supply their name, IRD number, business number (easily got from the companies office) and contact details. For each employee you supply Name, IRD number and date of birth. The company is then to endeavour to keep the employees on at 80%. heres where to apply for a company. The sole trader one is there too. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/covid-19-support.html#null and the money is thru very quickly Stay safe folks
  4. Harvested one of the butternut weeds on the weekend. We might need these for winter vegetables as theres not a brassica plant to be found in the shops over the weekend. Not even seeds... The most bizarre times imaginable.
  5. based on your photos I tend to think leaving them to winter in 2 brood boxes and a honey super would be too much space for the population. Are you in Full sized boxes? Are you a member of the bee club in Wellington? Can you get someone to take a look thru with you? Definitely get the treatments in ASAP.
  6. @Stef You could stop in at the local library- or buy online the book 'Practical beekeeping in New Zealand" by Andrew Matheson & Murray Reid ISBN 978-1-877568-52-7 It is the basis of many beginner beekeeping courses and in fact goes beyond just beginner. It would be a very good idea to have the hive checked for disease as soon as possible, and I would suggest contacting the club to see if anyone could come and assist you prior to the meeting. https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/learn/resources. For a quick guide, try here (and they sell the book too, along with the essential yellow and green guides to varroa and AFB )
  7. At the very least- read the summary. Its worth reading most of the posts as it gives an idea of the development and the changes that happened over the course of time. This is in my opinion still an unproven and experimental treatment and until there are consistent results and understanding of what causes the failures and what contributes to the success, i believe as much information as you can possibly get is the wiser course of action. Within the thread is a calculator for quantities....on page 64. My notes refer to P47 & 48 as having good info re proportions and quantities. Do you just read the cover of a book? or the precis on the back?
  8. If only all town sections looked like this. I found this today on a lunchtime stroll through a new housing area. Its near an inlet so the sections are built up about 1.5 metres. This is looking up from street level. Every inch of this section that is not house or path is planted- front, back, sides- most very bee friendly. Such a contrast to the bark and a hebe or two gardens surrounding it. The air was full of insect life. Barely any ground was visible, every space was filled. Such a pleasure.
  9. you are not alone with this, and there is no guarantee the roller will do the trick either. My extractor is currently with someone frantically rolling and still not having success. Mine matched your description- and I have to accept its Kanuka but like you I am struggling to work out where they got so much from. I also wonder if its something else or a combination The good news is that its very popular with those who get given it. That matches the description of the pricker in the extraction facility I toured.....air blown into the cells.....and I doubt its the same place!
  10. @CHCHPaul it would be an interesting and not overly expensive test to place a min-max thermometer in an insulated lunch bag (sistema make one that would be an ok size for the kits), biff it into the truck and see what the temperature range is.
  11. Velisofix- or stitch witchery Vylene has the iron on adhesive on one side only- was used for stiffening and reinforcing. Velisofix is effectively iron on glue. Place a layer between the two fabrics to be glued together and press with an iron. If you are repairing a hole- remember to have something on the other side so you don't stick it to the ironing board. Take care to not have any velisofix exposed- it makes a mess of the iron. Many people use baking paper as insurance against messing up the iron. You go guys! Its long past time you patched your own trou. Anyone want hints on darning socks too? Slightly off topic....perhaps this should be split off Trev?
  12. its robbing season @Snap and you were providing easy pickings. Its easier to get the bees to do the cleanup work after extraction. Place a board on the hive with one or two small holes (10mm drill) Ideally put an empty box on that, then the box with the extracted frames and make sure the top board is totally sealed- no external entry. That way the bees take the honey from the wets and stores it in the hive- leaving you with clean dry frames to store securely for winter away from wax moth.(and bees) That wont be a swarm- just a lot of robbers. When you let them out they will return to their hive...but will be back to check if you have cleaned up yet. Your best course of action is to remove anything honey or wax and keep doors closed for a few days.
  13. An apple crate and the door is the plastic from when we recovered the tunnel house. Made 'beeproof' with netting.
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