Archive for June, 2006

Varroa Update

Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Scott

Last weekend I attempted the “sugar roll” method of testing for varroa mite infestation of my hives. After carefull rolling, shaking and peering under my microscope ….no mites were found. Today the official testeds for Agriquality are testing my hives using a miticide and stickyboards. We’ll see tomorrow.

On a sad note Leigh lost one of her favorite ducks. Saffron succumbed to old age yesterday. We’re all very sad as she was a good duck.

Exploding Duck

Thursday, June 29th, 2006 by Scott

Here is an interesting one. Yesterday morning Leigh and Calgary were walking in the pre-dawn darkness when there was an all mightly BANG, a flash of light and a duck fell from the sky. Calgary though it a gubshot, and ran towards the noise, leigh was scared spitless and was wondering what someone was doing shooting in the dark. No one could be found nor answereds leigh’s calls.

In the light, an “exploded” duck was found on the road. The thinking then turned to the kind of people what would abuse a duck in that way and how they could do it.

After a great deal of thinking it was noted that the duck was laying under the 11 kva power line. It seems that in the darkness the duck hit the powerlines at the exact moment that leigh and Cal walked past. Poor Duck!

New Blog…

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006 by Shelley

Howdy all. I’ve been working on a new blog that will live on the Squids website. PLEASE, check it out and let me know what you think!

Eventually it will take over from this one, so be prepared, but, until further notice, please make posts and comments here. Anything you enter on the new site COULD be deleted as I’m still playing with it. All you regulars have accounts on the new site, and if I get time, I’ll send you your login information, but we’re heading to Saskatoon tomorrow and I don’t know what my online status will be.

Play with it a bit and let me know. Seems to be a bit faster actually!

Update From the Antipodes

Saturday, June 24th, 2006 by Scott

Howdy all. If Terry can do it I can do it! So lets see what the heck has been going on.

Now of course its winter here. We’ve been having a few weeks of very cold (well for us very cold) wx and some snow in part of the coutntry. In fact, there are parts of the south island that have been without power for almost 10 days due to the snow. Here in Nelson its just been cold hard frosts in the mornings. Actually feeling a lot like a winter day in Canada …. Nice. Sadly I still have to mow the lawn every couple or three weeks!

The bee mite verroa has been discovered in the area. We’d hoped to to keep the south island verroa free but it seems its not to be. Its certainly not the end of the world but it does mean 2-3 years while the wild hives die off that are the worst as there is a greater chance of losing hives. Its just a pain in the ass but does not effect the honey at all as it just effects the bees themselves. So today I’m going to be testing for the mite. Oddly it involves coating a few hundred bees in icing sugar. True!

I’ve just come back from a week long course on senior leadership in the public service. It was very very good with speakers and trainers brough in from England and Australia. Its given me a whole new perspective on my role and how I’ll go about it. They now track us for a year and see how we go back in our day jobs.

I’ve also bough a new radio controlled airplane, an Erasor 60. Its a slope soaring plane …

Pictures as the come to hand.

S

Messed up…

Saturday, June 24th, 2006 by Ian

The web site was completely hosed when I looked at it this morning. Not sure what happened, but if you notice anything out of whack, let me know.