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MissEmmz

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  1. Already blossom trees in flower as well as the wattles, and rhododendrons.... back yard a balmy 21 degrees at 3 30 pm today..... roll on the season!
  2. Hi, we're in Oamaru, and Hubby's work is based in Timaru. Don't have topbars, but don't mind sharing info and ideas. Feel free to get in contact if you want.
  3. Yeah! Sorry @frazzledfozzle, don't mean to bring up painful memories, especially for maths! Not everyone's flavour of honey. : D
  4. Thank you for the replies. Really sorry about the vagueness of the question. I really don't have a specific area of interest, just data is required. Data on bees would be fantastic, I would take any other subject for data if anyone has it. The idea is that I get the data file, then I create an assessment linked to the NZ curriculum, and find the right standard on the framework of assessments for it to be tested against. So whether it is time series, bivariate or multivariate data, it is all wonderful. The students will choose their variables, draw graphs with statistical softwar
  5. Hello beautiful people, I'm heading off to write some mock assessments for NCEA, and thought I might make some that are bee orientated. Does anyone know of any NZ datasets that are in the public domain or that are able to be shared for education purposes? Links would be great. Cheers Emma
  6. And here I was worried about what the neighbors think when I go out in fashion heeled dress leather boots, my bee suit on with my pink jacket over the top! Got nothing on therm there forestry boots!
  7. Helped DH (Matthew) build new boxes and new frames last night with his new airgun thingy. It's not as cool as my Paslode Nail gun, but the nails are so super cute and tiny.
  8. when we got our swarm, we thought the same thing "oh look! they are all orienteering at the same time!" NOPE, they swarmed.... right to the bush next to the hive.
  9. She She has a lovely(?) pointy black beehind...... is that what she's meant to look like? Have never seen a queen until last weekend... and it was so obvious it was her! Saw her again today, for our weekly check up and photos of eggs. We were wondering how much smaller the population could get!
  10. We finally (felt like forever, but no idea if 3 weeks is long or short) have eggs!!!! We were starting to think our hive was either queenless, or she didn't have what it takes. Last week, we finally got enough warm weather to remove the now very empty feeder, and were greeted by her highness!!! so that answered the first part.... no brood to be seen, but lots of new comb made. We started with 100% new equipment, so things take time. And today, we found our first eggs! They look very new.
  11. Maybe they were put out to sunbathe to get some colour!
  12. Thanks @Desmo . Like you, we have not found a local mentor, and we have never had a close look inside a hive. Great site to learn from, until we get our "real life" experience. And I would like to second what @AeroviewBrewery said, and that's to have a folder in the media section of well labelled high quality photographs of what we can experience.
  13. Went home at interval from school as saw no activity this morning. I put the no activity due to rain. The sun was starting to come out and there were maybe 30 or so bees coming and going in a quiet fashion, and 10 on the hydrangeas next to the hive, cleaning themselves and each other.
  14. Langstroth.... typing on a tiny keyboard with autocorrect can be a pain! We had one full depth box, with 10 frames and foundation. And an empty 3/4 box on the top, with a saucer of sugar syrup as we don't have a feeder (yet). We went in and removed the empty saucer and took off the empty box. I think this is what caused them t swarm out. We managed to catch them again, and dropped them into the middle of the full depth box, having taken out 2 frmaes so we had room for the large group. 6 pm, we put the queen excluder on the bottom of the box, as suggested. Will see what M
  15. Thanks @tudor ! will do that right now. I think they swarmed when we went to check the sugar syrup. How long should I feed them for?
  16. We've put them in a Langthrop full depth box with 8 frames of foundation box. They swarmed again!!! but just to the bush next to the hive. Any ideas?
  17. We haven't had much bad weather here this past week. Just few passing drizzles. Maybe one downpour last Tuesday along with a lightning storm? It was lovely to meet you too! The bees are doing the circling up and up in the air this morning. Hope it's a good sign.
  18. Thanks! We're pretty stoked. We used an empty paper team box. We scooped from below, going up the wall with the lid of the box like filleting the bees off the wall, then brushed the remaining bees into the box from the grass.
  19. Big thanks to @tudor . Got the call this morning and went and collected this evening. The bees had been on the irrigation gate for 5 days. Not much activity. Took until almost all were in the box before any started flying. Rehomed nicely into a new hive tonight.
  20. Hi @Errol S, Thanks for the welcome! Thanks for the link. Yes I have read this and DH has investigated. Our back boundary is classified as rural, so no problems with keeping bees at home, as the farmer behind us has given us permission to put them on his land if we need to. I've already written a submission to the council, and hope other do too, so that we can have hives in the urban area. I understand the next meeting is on the 12th November, that's in our calendars, and we will be down for it!
  21. Hello all, Been reading for a while, but my ideas won't come to reality if I don't take the plunge. It's DH's birthday in a month. He has been going on about getting a beehive for a couple of years now. Well He's a thinker and I'm a doer, so thanks to the people at Kiwimana, I bought him all the stuff for him to build his own beehive. He's got the books (all 3 of them) and has spent HOURS on Youtube. I've signed up to go see a 'local' BK club in Dunedin, and Tudor has (hopefully) kindly added us to his mailing list. Now my question: Is there anyone willing to take DH (and possibly me)
  22. This is horrible!!! I would have never even thought about theft from a hive. I'll be sure to tell hubby not to ever put his hives anywhere visible. My sympathies for your loss! I hope the thief gets their Karma dealt to them swiftly and sharply.
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