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#1 jaded prol

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:31 AM

Figs are ripening. Fennel seeds are getting plump and juicy and AA is flowing.

A backyard heady with the promise for good things to come.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 08:34 AM

All but the last few tomatoes are done, I let a lot go this year, it's a weed patch. It's hard to stick to it when I have other things going on.

Weird thing, I keep digging up wolf skulls, the first time I thought maybe it was a dog, but over the years I've dug up 6 of them, all within a few feet of each other, directly behind the house. They are very old, is all I know, in pieces, jaw bones and teeth mostly, skull sections,  I'm sure they date to before the houses. I always find artifacts in the garden too.


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 12:15 PM

Could be the pets of previous residents but only sculls? Maybe a strange local settler or indigenous wolf cult.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:56 AM

Caught my first swarm of feral bees today. I had bait hives out and they caused a lot of interest, bees going in and out, measuring.

Then they started defending it by pushing some bees away and letting others in.

This morning there was no activity at all, I went in to fire up my shop and when I came out 5 minutes later there was a dark, humming cloud in my apple tree, about 20 feet from the bait and about 4 foot off the ground, soon they formed a ball about the size of a football or bigger. I set the bait hive on a barrel under it and took my bare hands and scooped the ball into the box, they were hot, like a living body, up to my elbows. In about 5 minutes they settled down and hundreds of them started fanning a lemon scent out the front door. What a thrill.

My first small hive was a Christmas present and it got robbed out and died by March, this one is big enough to defend itself, but not one sting and no veil. Very exciting, I love that buzzing sound now.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:08 AM

I love bees, still I'm not sure if you're brave, crazy, or a magical combination of both. Congratulations and hope the hive thrives.

 

 

Hows the Roman Chamomile coming along? I could sure use some and maybe, down the line, it'll make for good honey.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:18 AM

Bees are very gentle, especially if they know you.  A migrating swarm never attacks and bees don't sting away from home, unless you trap them.

Turned out there was about 20 pounds or more of bees, they filled a large hive, good thing is, they are local survivors, bees that know this area, and they seem to be very hygienic, a good trait, they are continually grooming each other, looking for mites or dirt, not all bees are hygienic. All in all these are better bees than I buys.

Put a bee box out, bait it with lemon grass and catch your own!

 

I have some Roman Cham for you, for the bees I have hyssop, lots of hyssop.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:22 AM

I'm waiting for my hawthorn tree to bloom.

There's a day or two each spring

when the whole tree begins to buzz.

 

You have to walk into its embrace

and watch as the bees feed from every side.

 

One one my favorite moments every year.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:30 AM

We've got a Hawthorne tree with 2 inch long thorns.

 

The hyssop honey sounds great!


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:41 AM

they seem to be very hygienic, a good trait, they are continually grooming each other, looking for mites or dirt, not all bees are hygienic. 

 

A very good trait.


shuck and jive is an important skill

 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 09:14 AM

Just finished my "buggy" for moving hives about the place.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 09:11 AM

When the hives are loaded, it will be a buggy bee buggy. 


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 09:11 AM

Buggy Bee Buggy!

Buggy Bee Buggy!

Buggy Bee Buggy!


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 10:42 AM

I think it's a louchefest

perambulator.


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 10:42 AM

Bound to cum in handy.


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 04:55 PM

A Hive Trolley!

 

Might consider a fastener belt to prevent slippage

 

Seems like a bee dolly with nice wheels like that might be more secure,

 

Bee Dolly by golly!


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

Buggy Bee Buggy

Bee Dolly by Golly

It's a Hive Trolley!

 

Trollops not included.


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:23 AM

No trollops???

 

So it's not

a louchefest perambulator?


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:23 AM

Onacuz those is

sausagefests?


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 10:09 AM

You gots to ask AB that, she's the sausage expert.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 09:22 PM

Iffen I get the chance to meat her

I'm confidant sausages will come up.


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:00 AM

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 01:25 PM

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 01:28 PM

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 07:31 PM

They probably spread viruses.


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:11 AM

Unlike Robot Brothels


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:17 AM

In 2050 I'll be fucking

earthworms.


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:18 AM

And I will explicitly not

care if they're clean.


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:22 AM

It's frustrating that our current administration, apparently in a politically motivated effort to suppress the public's access to taxpayer funded scientific information has across the board blocked online access to previously accessible information.

There has also been a loss of diagnostic services from the USDA lab in Beltsville MD. As a result, the tremendous fundamental service that the lab offered by accepting all life stages of honey bees, comb, and hive debris samples for diagnostics of pest, parasites and diseases has been put on hold and personnel are no longer available. Surprising with all the attention to honey bees being so fundamental to food and environmental health they make information that we payed for inaccessible.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 07:17 AM

Opening a hive is like staring into an ancient machine, a mystery. A personality millions of years old, dependable and never wavering.

It's like when, as a child I tipped the sears catalog on edge to see if I could look up the skirts only what I'm seeing is seething, primary.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 08:29 AM

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 10:51 AM

Cosplay, Djirk?


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 09:22 AM

He's not even playing.  I had to search like hell to find that painting again (first saw it when looking for inspiration for a mead label last year), but when Kirk wrote those lines above, I understood the graphic for the first time.  Now I realize why the Merovingian kings were so fond of the honeybee as a symbol (fwiw, they allegedly fancied themselves descended from Jesus; that much I already knew).  That woman spreading her legs is Mary, the mother of God.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 09:26 AM

From a temple at Karnak, the sedge (Upper Egypt) and the bee (Lower Egypt).

 

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And Kirk, conjuring honeybuns:

 

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 10:41 AM

That painting speaks a thousand words.

Those buns are horizontal ceramic skeps, they still raise them like that in a few areas, staked like cord wood.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 10:53 AM

Indeed.  And bees are the tears of the sun.

 

http://www.apicultur...n-ancient-egypt


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 01:01 PM

The beekeepers of modern day Egypt are now  reverting back to the horizontal clay pot hives of the ancient Egyptians which they say keep the bees more naturally and suffer fewer problems from foul brood and other pathogens.

 

Pipe hives coming soon to chez Kirk?

 

I remember reading years ago that the stones at Stonehenge were levitated using sound.  Might be something to it:

 

http://www.trinfinit...und-levitation/


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 02:27 PM

They are illegal in the US, only movable frame hives are allowed here. I think it's better if they move vertically, not horizontally too.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 05:22 PM

Far be it from me to doubt U.S. gummint bureaucrap vs. the people who built the great pyramid.


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Posted 05 July 2017 - 05:29 PM

However, there may not be a Federal Law.

 

Consider: https://kelleyhoneyb...eps-in-georgia/

 

Apparently the movable frame makes inspection easier.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 08:50 AM

It had not occurred to me that beekeeping is subject to any kind of law or government interference, thus I was surprised and disgusted by Kirk's comment.

Why are beehives even subject to inspection?

Food safety?

Or is it bee health?  It occurs to me that even in the absence of any commerce, a hive of diseased bees can affect other hives, so maybe that and not food quality is not the reason for inspection.

BUT, if that is the case - if Egyptians are going back to the old style of hive BECAUSE of unhealthy swarms, doesn't that tell us that making a modern style hive easier to inspect is not the answer, because it contributed to the problem in the first place, that the inspection is meant to address?


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 05:36 PM

Exactly, neighboring bee keepers want hives inspected and

everything we've done with bees so far is for us, nothing for the bees.


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