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BJC last won the day on February 12 2018

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  1. Yes it is quite distinctive, Flotum describes it as "light, minty flavored yet aromatic honey with a unique flavour that is not appreciated by everyone. If we get lots of wind the blooms are blown to bits and the bees miss out. Last years honey was significantly like this, I have to say though I struggle to describe honeys just like I struggle with describing wines, I either like them or don't.
  2. We have five Linden trees on our 2.5 acres, one of them is massive and was probably planted by the family who settled here in the 1850's that's about 100m from my hives the others are about 20m. They spend their time on the big one 100m away which flowers generally late November early December and has a scent that fills the whole of our back garden. I think there are a couple of varieties and are called Tillia. The Americans call it the Basswood tree and the story goes that "A. I Root planted a basswood orchard on the outskirts of Medina, Ohio and put his queen rearing operation in the heart of it. He used the basswood for three things: the trees provided shade during the heat of the summer and when the trees matured, the blossoms provided a nectar source in June and July. Finally when the trees were of the correct age, they were thinned and the timber provided the special wood needed to make the basswood sections for section comb honey." (Kim Flotum, The Backyard Beekeepers Honey Handbook, p37). The honey is almost clear but quite tasty with a small after taste. Photo of one of the girls on the tree out back.
  3. Interesting isn't it, I could have sworn my bees were making the most of the Linden trees and Phacelia here and my pollen test came back with 52% clover 26% kanuka 11% trefoil and 11% other ??. I think I will sample the honey throughout the season rather than wait until the end and just see how it varies. It is much easier as a hobbyist.
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    We are pleased to be running our Honey Competition again this year and welcome Farmlands for providing the major prize of a 3/4 depth hive, we will have just 3 classes light amber, amber and dark amber. Alessandro Tarentini will leadi the judging panel along with John Berry. Entry is $5 for club members and $35 for others which includes a years membership. The prizes will be the highest point scorers out of all entrants with small prizes for second and third place getters, Entries should be made before 31 January on the entry forms provided by emailing beekeepershbinc@gmail.com, honey jars will be supplied for entrants by the club. The honey competition will take up the meeting but Val Nicholson will be discussing his recipes for Mead.
  5. Hi there Maurice, Beekeepers Hawkes Bay have an extractor for use at a reasonable rate I would need to check but I think it may be $25, contact us on the club email at beekeepershbinc@gmail.com and we can see what we can arrange for you. Membership is $25 per year and being affiliated with APINZ members are eligible for discounted lab tests including Tutin. Sorry for the tardy reply but up to my armpits in alligators at the moment.
  6. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/antarctic-greenland-ice-melt-less-bad/ emphasis on less bad
  7. What did you do for your pollen test?
  8. Certainly there are signs of major horticultural entities looking to partner with reliable beekeepers for the pollination of clover and other vegetables. Discussions recently have suggested that farmers diversifying are more inclined to enter long term relationships to get their commodities pollinated and have evicted the short term Manuka chasers who are never there when the pollination is required.
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    Monthly Meeting at the Pakowhai Community Hall Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai at 7 pm to 8 pm. The usual agenda with what we should be doing this month, whats going on around the district and a discussion regarding this years honey competition and next years weekend workshop. See you there.
  10. Flight cancelled no trip South and lots of civil defense action on the Westcoast I understand. 5mm of rain in two day here.
  11. Happy to take the lot but I might regret that when I visit Westport on Tuesday that is if I dont get blown out of the sky with the expected winds
  12. Hot and dry here we could desperately do with some of your rain from down south. 29 degrees on the Eastern Verandah this afternoon with the promise of more hot weather to come, no rain forecast for the next ten days.
  13. The USA had great difficulties with genetic diversity in relative recent times, we were fortunate to have met Megan Taylor a PhD student who had participated in identifying the demise of genetic diversity in the Queen breeding population relatively recently. The research looked at the comparison of USA genes compared to old world bees, the decline was massive and extremely serious leading to the import of germplasm from old world bees to inseminate local queens. Her earlier studies concluded "Although we tried to sample as many queen producers as possible, we were limited to the major queen producers of the western United States. Being able to sample other queen producers from around the country (the southeast in particular) would provide a more complete picture of the diversity. Secondly, there are several countries that currently have honey bees to support their agricultural system, yet these honey bees were not native. Assessing levels of genetic diversity of honey bees from other countries where honey bees are not native (Australia, Canada, Chile, Brazil, etc…) would provide additional knowledge of the genetic diversity of honey bees globally. How would these countries compare to the diversity of honey bees in the United States? Could the incorporation of Old World germplasm improve their stocks? There are many new questions left to be answered." https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/gw14-011/
  14. That's the difference I guess my staples didn't absorb moisture but I would have thought that would have reduced the efficacy of the OA. I haven't been happy with the moisture in the hive but haven't noticed any detrimental effects
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