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  1. Some people must have very little sticking power. We've passed 25 years - long enough to be coppicing the trees we planted for firewood when we started out.
  2. But it probably wouldn't be on the family home.
  3. We have 15 acres, mostly bush with a few paddocks near the house. We have rain and spring water. We have power and neighbours, but the hill up behind us is ours and nobody can build where they can see us. So one side of the house has a good view but not much privacy. The other side has bush, paddock and total privacy. And all just 15 minutes from the middle of town. The possums and kereru eat the orchard to shreds though.
  4. Here's a story from today's ODT about this A University of Otago graduate is tasting sweet success with a documentary on using dogs to sniff out early signs of the devastating bee-killing disease American foulbrood (AFB). Otago science communication graduate Sarah Hight's short film has reached the finals of the Jackson Hole 2018 Science Media Awards. https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/dog-training-movie-chosen-us-finalist
  5. I'm quite old but not very grey so I don't know where I fit. I would happily pay a levy for research but don't want a bar of Apinz.
  6. You are right. I will sit in the naughty corner and be quiet.
  7. We kind of encouraged it because it's not as prickly in the sheep's wool, it's good shelter and good firewood.
  8. The other trees come in and overtake the manuka here.
  9. Judging by our paddocks manuka eventually wins. We did help a bit with some judicious scrub cutting thiugh.
  10. Go through the taller hive and reduce it to two boxes somehow - take off honey frames and empty frames and get all the brood together in two boxes. Then you won't break your back getting the hive up the hill. You can move a strapped-up two-box hive on a sack barrow.
  11. Yes, first they say they don't have the money to do anything, then they point out how many more hives there are - so if hive numbers have for argument's sake doubled, surely their income has doubled as well? I wish mine had. I don't mind paying a bit more but for one or two hives $90 seems fairly steep.
  12. That cardboard is great for starting the fire
  13. Well my bees were flying on Sunday. I don't usually see them at midwinter so that was a nice surprise.
  14. I'd like to know the cost before I fill in any registration forms. Is it so dear it would put us off if you told us?
  15. It's a burger, I believe, although I've not had the pleasure. The place is called Fergburger.
  16. Did you see any fights? The paper I work for covers the Queenstown court and it's all bad tourist driving, bad tourist drinking, drink driving and fights in the Fergburger queue It's a nice place to be on holiday for a short time though and the scenery is lovely.
  17. The same with Queenstown in the south - it's like visiting another country. Mind you, that can be handy if you need a holiday and can't afford to go overseas.
  18. Beekeepers are more like gold prospectors. They will share stories but also keep big secrets.
  19. Caucasian bees were imported legally in 1935 according to this https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19350211.2.24?phrase=0&query=bees++caucasian And in 1906 by the government apiarist Mr Hopkins https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19060505.2.79?page=2&phrase=0&query=bees++caucasian And that's all I can be bothered looking up at the moment. Of course it doesn't mean they set up home in a remote valley anywhere but they were imported.
  20. I agree. Just look at fruit and veges. They rarely come down at the shop as much as they go up.
  21. I don't like plastic excluders but I use them when I use maqs. They don't have rims for bee space and get glued down.
  22. I don't mind sacrificing hangovers but I do miss the hours spent earning them.
  23. I thought Hive Doctor but I could be wrong
  24. Sour milk is great for baking.
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