March 20th to 31st, 2005
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|Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors -- Thomas H. Huxley|
We left Salt Spring by ferry for Victoria. There, we found a hotel and then drove around a bit.
I was amazed to find that whenever I stopped on a residential street, and opened my computer I was connected to the Internet. There are zillions of open wireless links around town.
I had first discovered how easy it is to get a connection while driving in Vancouver, when I opened my computer to use the GPS and pulled over to read the display. As I consulted the map, I heard Outlook Express announce new email, and looked to find that I had a full connection.
We called Gill & Vince and were invited for supper.
Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 6. High plus 1.
|Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons -- R. Buckminster Fuller|
Monday: Cloudy. Low minus 5. High plus 6.
|Many would be cowards if they had courage enough -- Thomas Fuller|
Tuesday: Periods of snow. Low minus 7. High zero.
|If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much -- Donald H. Rumsfeld|
We left early for Pitt Meadows, and visited with Ron and Joanna Lin, then met up with Jean-Marc in one of his yards.
In the pictures, we see protein patties ready to put on the hives, many of which are already three boxes high and looking as if they may start swarming soon. The patties are from Global and appear a bit soft compared to last year. I asked about that and Jean-Marc explained that the boxes had been stacked, then strapped down hard, crushing the boxes. Nonetheless, the patties are softer than I like. More in tomorrow's notes.
After a visit, we drove east towards home. It was about three by then. We arrived in Armstrong after dark, visited with Kate, Dave, and family, then found a motel in Sicamous for the night.
Cloudy with sunny periods and 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 2.\
|The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools -- Herbert Spencer|
A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 13. High minus 4.
|The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights -- J. Paul Getty|
You'll notice Apistan® in several hives. This is a research project, and the researcher was of the opinion that hives with the highest levels of mites would not survive the experiment unless treated. Creating resistant mites -- the reason that leaving strips over winter is normally discouraged -- is not a concern, since resistance is everywhere these days anyhow, and since additional varroa control measures are being used. More details later...
Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. High 3. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight: A few clouds. Low minus 8.
|As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something -- Hagar the Horrible|
Saturday: Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h in the morning. High plus 5.
|I believe that every human has a finite number of heart-beats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises -- Neil Armstrong|
Sunday: Sunny. Low zero. High 10.
|The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization -- Ralph Waldo Emerson|
Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 6. High plus 10. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 5. High plus 10.
|The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous -- Shana Alexander|
|Allen, the date line at the top of your
page is stuck at 030105 to 030905 ( 1/3/05 - 9/3/05 to us in
the UK )
I'm Chairman of a Beekeeping group in Liskeard, Cornwall in England UK. We have had resistant mites for about 3 years now but Apiguard™ is knocking them down quite well.
We made up a nucleus with a second year queen last season, to stop her swarming, with just two frames it built up well to a full 14x12 National box by the end of the summer, however when we put in the Apiguard™ and a catch tray under the frames we counted about 7-10000 mite drop UNBELIEVABLE However they are flying well again this spring so we will see if they are OK soon as it is still too cold to inspect yet.
Keep Up the good work I enjoy your page.
I do that all the time. I either forget to change the date or the link or something. Thanks.
Apiguard™ and similar treatments are quite promising. They require a little more awareness and care in application than Apistan™ and Checkmite+™, however.
See this page for some info on tests that Adony did some time ago.
Also, I can't mention too often the need for North Americans to check for tracheal. I gather that it is not a problem in Europe, but it certainly is here. Check this page out.
Allen when I sent you the e-mail yesterday I intended to attach the photo of the mites in the tray which was the total drop in two weeks but only in the centre of the 14x12 brood box so here it is ( I tried to send it once but it was too big, so I have reduced it )
Today: A mix of sun and cloud. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight: Cloudy periods. Low minus 5.
|We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact -- Jean-Paul Sartre|
I heard last night that Billy Bee is down to offering 75¢/lb. BB is known for making low offers, and usually people figure that whatever BB offers, the price is 10¢ more. Nonetheless, there is a lot of honey out there looking for a home, and another crop on the way.
It looks to me as if we will see lower prices until the surplus is cleared. Time to cut costs to the bone, and change management into survival mode SAP. I'll try to write an article about that soon.
I also heard from Medhat today. He has been without his helper for the past month and struggling to keep up with all the tasks he has taken on. Sam is due back on April 1st, though, so that will help a lot. We need to keep pushing to get Medhat more assistance, and to help him any way we can with the important work he is doing.
He will be doing nutrition tests again this spring, comparing various protein diets. There are several new artificial diets coming onto the market that should be included in the tests, and Medhat also has been mentioning lately that he has been working on a new artificial diet, and has high hopes for it. Results this spring should be interesting.
In that regard, I am finding that excellent pollen is available from China for prices as low as $2.50 irradiated and delivered in Canada. With that fact in mind, we are hoping to compare the artificial diets we are all using with patties made of real pollen (plus only a little sugar and binders like soy flour to hold them together) to see what provides the best nutrition per dollar.
I'm still catching up on old data and pix. Why not visit HoneyBeeWorld Forum and post a comment or query?
|Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering -- R. Buckminster Fuller|
|Here's an interesting
In your March 30 posting you mention Chinese pollen. I trust that you are not advocating the use of this pollen by Global or other Canadian patty producers. Do we really need to support Chinese exporters of bee products when Canadian beekeepers are struggling due to market conditions created by those same exporters??
I was very glad to see the creation of Global which allowed me the option to purchase a Canadian product. I became a customer this year. But I will not be a customer if Chinese pollen is used in future products. I am one who is willing to pay a bit extra for a Canadian product and support a Canadian industry.
Hope you can clarify your remarks.
Well, this is a complex topic, and I'm not sure I have the hours I need to examine this question fully, but I'll sketch out a few points, and maybe elaborate later. Also, lets' take the discussion to HoneyBeeWorld Forum. It's easier for me, and others can put in their 2¢ worth.
I spent the day at my desk and tidying around the house. In the evening, I went for a bike ride.
Today: Sunny. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight: Clear. Wind southwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.
"If I make a
living off it, that's great -- but I come from a culture where you're valued
not so much by what you acquire but by what you give away,"
-- Larry Wall (the inventor of Perl)
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