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Everything posted by tudor

  1. Mainly David Woodward and a few from Otto hyink
  2. You can see why using one size frames throughout (3/4) prevents the trouble you may be running into with a free range queen ...
  3. Hi use "thuringiensis" and the whole issue is found. Well, well, if OK for organic use then it must be OK for general use ?
  4. Certan, approved in many contries, is Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies aizawai, This one mentioned here is Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki which is the wrong one. This has been discussed a lot in the past and is not approved in NZ for wax moth. Look back to find the details.
  5. Yes, a good source of amusement was to go to the Blue pools on the Haast road and put on a good layer of DEET and walk in the few hundred meters to look into the pools and see the big trout cruising - and then watch the sand flies hold their fire until the tourists were as far as possible from their cars, and then give them both barrels ! And watch them trying to cross the swing bridge en masse. Ah, those were the days.
  6. Beautiful. I do love the way Mount Alfred sits tucked in at the top of the lake between the Dart and Rees rivers.
  7. I have used: Lega 4 Frame Reversible Electric Extractor for years, just works well and reliable. https://www.ecrotek.co.nz/products/extraction?keyword=&pageNum=1
  8. The weather has been beautiful - by brother and his wife, who last visited here from South Africa 30 years ago and nearly died of frost bite at this time of the year, had no cold or rain. We headed down to Milford Sound - perfect - the Curio Bay - perfect - stayed in Little Black Barn - perfect - and sent them off after 8 days. Had a little rain last night, and today opened 3 hives all stuffed with honey and with well developed brood nests for autumn/winter, and 5 boxes due to come off in the next few days. A good year thus far, seven more hives to check this weekend.
  9. Yesterday was hot and the bees were all over the Mexican Pepper tree (Schinus molle). Never seen that before.
  10. Really big piece of blu tack !
  11. The difference is so obvious that I suspect that you are being rather obtuse, nothing personal of course
  12. Twin strainer set stops big bits of wax and all bee parts but allows small wax (gives good mouth feel) and pollen through (gives great complex flavour), not heated and no pressure. Takes time.
  13. PS our honey is fantastic with lots of pollen in it as well
  14. My definition at brightwaterbees.co.nz sums it up - no heating no filtering only strained no creaming so we do it shortly after harvesting and pot it up within hours or a day probably not possible with commercials but ok with hobby size operation and just dropped for 45 to 15 hives but we live on our pensions
  15. Spot on, good common sense and you are being careful and gathering information rather than "being told what to do". And then making good decisions.
  16. Hmmm, this has a smell of trolling .....
  17. What do you do at Xmas when you are being harnessed in to Santa's sleigh, Rudolph ?
  18. Do your kids get fleas ?
  19. The word thixotrophic explains this phenomenon, and you can make it liquid by stirring it, but that will introduce more bubbles !
  20. seems to work well for rosacea, a condition of many elderly folk with skin redness and thickening on nose and face https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/68129757/null and I have read some of his scientific articles which are quite convincing !
  21. Dr. Shaun Holt +64 29 200 1111 shaun@honeylab.co.nz has done a lot of work on it for skin disorders.
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