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Friday August 17th, 2001, 2000

I counted 450 boxes awaiting extraction in the morning.   Jody, Gene, Les and Alex worked all day, and by the end of the day, we had 700 waiting since Paulo and Dustin brought in all the boxes that were pulled yesterday and today.  Paulo and Kenton reported a few boxes were robbed out in the local yards.  This is a hazard at this time of year.

I see ten full drums and enough to fill three more in the tank downstairs, so I guess that not a lot of loads were run today.  New help takes time to get up to speed.  

This is Dustin's last day.  I hate to lose him, but he is off to SAIT to study Power Engineering.

The wax on top of the tankThe wax is building on the tank and we now have about 5 drums of fluffy wax that has risen up.  We hand scratch the combs and the wax rises in the bulk (milk) tank.  As it rises, it raises the previous wax up and it all drains quite well.  The drums of wax and honey we send for rendering, but I really think I should build a solar melter and recover the honey, rather than take a low price for what the renderer can recover.

My apologies to those who write.  I usually try to answer, but sometimes am just too bagged.  Then the inbox scrolls and the questions or comments get lost in the flow of messages that just keep on coming..

Normals for the period: Low 8. High 22.

The daily highs and lows are dropping now as we head towards Fall.

Today: Sunny. Wind increasing to southeast 20 gusting 40 km/h. High 33.
Tonight: Clear. Wind southeast 20. Low 14.

Thursday August 16th, 2001, 2000

  • 400 boxes awaiting extraction today. 
  •  Empties are now going into storage.
  • We shipped another load today
Today: Sunny. Wind light. High 30.
Tonight: Clear. Wind light. Low 12.
Normals for the period: Low 8. High 23.

Wednesday August 15th, 2001, 2000

Billy Bee Honey phoned offering $1.00 Canadian.  A reader of this page wrote me saying that sounds low compared to US bids.  All my friends say that if Billy Bee is offering a dollar, then the real price must be higher.

Looks to be $.66 in American $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. We are as of
15 days ago at the $.72 price range. I have yet to talk with anyone who has
heard of a large honey crop any where in the U.S. Same ole story short
crop price goes up, still ending up with the same gross $$$$$$$$ at the
end of the year.
Today:  Sunny. Wind light. High 29.
30 percent chance of evening showers otherwise clear. Wind light. Low 12.

Tuesday August 14th, 2001, 2000

The average night time low has now just dropped one degree, although the daytime high remains 24.

Today: Sunny. A mix of sun and cloud this afternoon with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Wind increasing to north 20 km/h. High 27.
Tonight: 30 percent chance of evening thunderstorms otherwise clear. Wind north 20 diminishing to light. Low 12.
Normals for the period: Low 8. High 23.

Monday August 13th, 2001, 2000

Dustin, Paulo and Kenton were headed north by 9 and plan to pull enough honey that they can return with one load tonight and pick up the rest tomorrow.

Today: Mainly sunny. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h. High 31.
Tonight: Clear. Wind northwest 20 diminishing to light. Low 12.
Normals for the period: Low 9. High 23.

Sunday August 13th, 2001, 2000

  • Returned home from TL Bar at 2PM
  • Had visitors from NZ
Today: Sunny. Wind southeast 20 km/h. High 30.
Tonight: Clear. Wind light. Low 13

Saturday August 12th, 2001, 2000

  • Went to TL Bar for a canoe trip with Jean and Chris, Meijers and Purves-Smiths
  • 17 people 6 canoes
  • Very hot, river was low and murky
  • Stayed overnight
  • Stars Air Ambulance weekend was also on 
Today: Sunny. Wind light. High 27.
Tonight: Clear. Wind light. Low 10.

Friday August 11th, 2001, 2000


  • 120 boxes in the honey house
  • 180 on the truck
  • 111 on the ground in two yards
  • We are 70% done the first round
  • Only 2 on the extracting crew showed up for various reasons.  We try for three usually when there is honey to extract
  • Went out with Kenton to pick up Georgies and Witstocks south.  Had to blow some since they had only been tipped for a few hours.
  • Boxes are getting heavier.  We are pulling some that are too light though.
  • We are filling drum 107
  • Guys worked until 7PM unloading
  • There are now 520 boxes awaiting extraction
Today: Mainly sunny. Wind north 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 25.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Wind diminishing to light. Low 9.

Thursday August 10th, 2001, 2000

  • Loaded two pups with 74 drums.  Took the whole morning for four of us, lidding and loading.
  • I blew out bees from a few boxes brought into the honey house in error and pulled the home yard which were splits from the spring -- Got 14 boxes off 20 splits
  • Bill returned D3 which had been on loan.  Says crop is awful up in his country.  Lots of bloom and bees, no honey.
  • Caught up on some bills and the notes
  • Dustin and Kenton picked up honey up north and Paulo pulled two local yards
  • Some yards are averaging over three full boxes a hive
  • Ellen's birthday
Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind light. High 22.

Wednesday August 9th, 2001, 2000

I'm Back at work.  I wake up and start pumping drums, etc at 5 these days.

The day started rainy and we considered taking the day off, since they guys had worked Monday to stay ahead of the weather, however the guys wanted to keep going and it soon cleared into a nice honey pulling day.

Today: A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of thunderstorms. Wind north 20 km/h. High 21.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers. Wind north 20. Low 9.
Normals for the period: Low 9. High 23.

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