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Everything posted by southbee

  1. Can't see any big hole or a digger in the pic, suppose we're not getting a homogenising tank yet....
  2. Yo Yo weather down here too, had awesome Rata flowering, but not so many days for the bees to get it. Still working on getting the crop in and hoping for some good weather for the clover....
  3. Nice to know I could give you some reconciling thoughts....would love a bigger tank than what we got, but I suspect that every time I'd look at it I'd feel awful for all your bees in the hole?
  4. Yes, I suppose I do think some re evaluating must be happening within the industry. I'm not predicting anything, nor advising, I can only talk for our circumstances. We started way before the manuka boom and we were used to support the business with other income. We were young and keen and had no kids and enjoyed it and it didn't matter, now I'm in a different position. I think it's terribly sad that long established beekeepers like @jamesc (that's an assumption as I don't know you personally) think of having to dig a big hole and get rid of their hives, sad for the industry and sad for the individual. I think we all hope that next season will be better, but we all fear that it won't. What keeps me going morally is my kids, they're young and keen and enjoy the bees, financially....well, have to ask the accountant.
  5. Not right, for sure. Anyone who can escape the industry at the moment and have a better, easier life doing something else is wise. We'll be sticking with it for the near and far future as I really don't have that option, and mostly we enjoy it. So my hamster wheel has some fun bits in it....and yes, emotions don't pay bills @Bighandsbut isn't the beekeepers mantra....next season will be better?
  6. @jamesc, it sounds like you're in desperate need of another Wakachangi or two! Digging a big hole is a lot of work too and hey, you won't escape the hampsterwheel anyway, life is a hampsterwheel.....
  7. Storms like that are so frustrating, do so much damage. Hope your plants recover! For a change we have missed the worst down here in the deep south, had it cold for a couple of days, which was good to start the extracting. But yesterday afternoon the sun came out and today looks fine....might have to do some 'real' work.
  8. It's really quite nice beer, but the best thing about is it's label...
  9. Didn't see it on stuff, but did see it in our bush....flowering beautifully, now if the rain stops one day, we'll be very happy beekeepers!
  10. We got the first day extracting behind us and I changed my mind for my dream honey house I don't want an uncapper anymore, I'll keep my boys on the electric plane for uncapping and things are fine! They've done a fine job today ?Weather is rather challenging down here, we got a nice Rata flowering and if it stops raining it'll be great. But I agree with @jamesc and @tristan, looking forward to a relaxing Christmas day with good food and good drink and no work, after that, we'll be back on the job.
  11. It is an excellent word, had to look it up and had a wee laugh as I think beekeepers have a natural tendency towards that. I agree so, that if it concerns AFB it's a good thing that we have now the ability to detect. But sometimes i suspect some buyers use/abuse science to push down the price, with the excuse of high/low counts of anything in the honey that suits them on the day.
  12. If they ring @jamesc back in a couple of weeks and offer him a lower price he'll know for sure....and luckily my imagination got drowned in a nice, cold beer tonight, so I'm safe
  13. Looks good, and yes producing queens on the dot can be stressful. I'm lucky that I got my two younger sons helping with that part. Young, sharp eyes, great for grafting. And I hope not too stressful for them...., but then they don't do it as a job. But they produced all our queens this season so far and any spare ones they can sell to hobbyists in the area, which works out good, as there's no queen breeders around where we are. Keeps my head clear for the rest of the hives and the boys away from the computer...
  14. Looks very cool, @Goran, over here not many use the oxalic dribble, as far as I know anyway, more the vaporisation of oxalic. Have you got snow where you are? We're having a cold spell here and had snow in the mountains all around us and it's supposed to be summer!!
  15. Try a bit of lubricant for the bearings @jamesc, port seems to work most times...anyway, have to correct you, it should read 'funny woman', apologies, probably should have introduced myself somewhere on the forum here, but never got around to it. Anyway, you're right, as long as you keep treading, the wheel keeps turning and bills are just part of it. In a lean year, i. e. honey price down, the big bills are just a lot harder to smile at....
  16. I do hope the hamster is having fun in the wheel with bills like that....
  17. Hope you're not calling me Honey, @jamesc, last guy to do that got stung...? Yes, was a bit of a challenge yesterday, but whenever something went wrong we said....it is what it is.....was rather uplifting!!
  18. I like that, helped me through the day today....!
  19. Yes, @Goran, know both things you mention. My grandmother used to make the syrup with the young tips of spruce, layered with honey and we all got it when we had a cold. Except we kids liked it so much it often was gone before the cold season came along....The dandelion concoction was less common, it could also be made with honey instead of sugar, but nowhere near as nice....
  20. Hey, we don't have that problem of overheating epipen down here, every cloud got a silver lining....we keep one in the glove box, if it's a really hot summer I'll put it in a chilly bag, easy. Luckily haven't needed it, but like it's been mentioned, I did need that bike helmet to safe my head a few years back, I needed a life jacket once and a seat belt on a couple of occasions. I also have an insurance for lots of things, even so I feel like I waste my money every year. And I agree with the old wive tales, there's lots of misinformation out there about allergic reactions. There's a lot more known about the condition now then 2o years ago and I'm not up to scratch with it either, so appreciate the link. And I do sincerely hope nobody got killed with the discussions, that would be a really extreme reaction, worse than any allergies!
  21. Had a long day, but just reading this again, maybe we'll use both, the planer and pricker this season. Put one of my boys on the pricker and one can load, while I work the planer...that should speed things up. Never had any problems with the honey not being clean, I think the mesh on our filter is quite fine and the rotary action lets the wax pick up more wax, so it ends up being one big wax sausage at the end of the day.
  22. Hi @Goran, I believe there's some movable units in NZ, haven't seen one myself.
  23. That does sound like a dream, like the overhead pick up, big size warm room and same size cold storage room and then the packing straight into jars, awesome. Food for thought! Agree with your comments about warming room, rather important. We actually got two, both with heating tapes in the concrete floor, work a treat. Our bottleneck is the uncapping, but I'll stick with it for another season at least, but good to hear others ideas and set ups. We live quite remote and I don't get to see many other honey houses, so thanks for the detailed reply.
  24. No rata down here yet, but hoping for a good flowering year...
  25. No uncapper @tristan, all done by hand with an electric planer. Works very well, but tiring and too slow to feed 2 extractors. Thought of using 2 planers...but I fear mutiny with my unpaid helpers, i.e. kids... We do have a pricker, manual, but only use it on manuka. No extra cleaning needed after the rotary sieve, it's pretty clean honey because of the planer and the sieve does a fine job. Often wondered about a wax press, the spinner is getting rather old....You got me thinking so, no way I can improve it without extending the size of the room. Won't happen this season, but will put some thought into possible extensions, thanks for your input!
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