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Hernando and Jonathon, Honeybear crew members, are tipping up honey
on singles made from May queen banks, at the home yard. 
They averaged 82 lbs. a hive first round

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Sunday 1 August 2004
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Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. -- Lily Tomlin

Allen's Link of the Day:

BEEKEEPING CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES

I'm in Sudbury today and visiting Mom.  The weather is cool and I'm hoping to catch up on some bookwork.  Seems that I get very little accomplished these days, but spend all day doing it.

I went to an antique car show at Bell park, and noticed that I could have bought most of the 'antique' vehicles there when they were brand new, but there were a few oldies, like a '31 Model A.

I had a swim along the shore where I swam as a boy.  The lake is cleaner now than then, and the water was warm.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 19. UV index 7 or high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. Wind east 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 10. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Monday 2 August 2004
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Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. -- Ambrose Bierce

I spent the day in Sudbury.  In the evening, Mom & I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11.  As expected, it contained a lot of cheap shots, innuendo, distortion and other propaganda effects, but was, on the whole, pretty good entertainment.  Although the film claims to be a documentary, it is really stretches the definition of the word.  Although I doubt that the film will affect the views of those of us who read widely and are informed on history and subtle background issues, I wonder about its effect on the gullible and the ignorant, an audience to which it plays strongly at many points.

An interesting question...  Anybody have a better idea?

I had planned on introducing some virgin queens into nucs today, but to my dismay 5 of my nucs had been robbed out and were without any bees. These queens are now 2 days old and I am unsure as to being able to introduce them with any degree of success to a full sized colony.

Would you please give me some advice as to being able to successfully get these queens mated and taken care of? Will I have to make up some more nucs?

I think that is definitely best, but the nuc can be anything from an  inverted flower pot with a chunk or two of comb wedged inside, on up to a standard box with several frames of bees and brood.

The key is to have only young bees in the nuc, so make it up using only bees found on brood combs, and, after it is complete, if you think you have many older bees, let the older bees fly away home.  Those that stay should be young, assuming good weather.

How soon after shaking bees into a nuc can I introduce the virgin queen?

Introduce her immediately in a cage, then release her after the old bees have flown home. (late afternoon or evening, same day, if the weather is good and if the bees have been flying freely recently).  Check for signs of agression before letting her out.

Avoid robbing.  Any robbing will defeat your purpose.

I have read some of the info on bee-l but it doesn't seem to particularly cover my problem.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Today : Cloudy this morning then sunny with cloudy periods. 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms late this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h near noon. High 23. UV index 8 or very high. / Tonight : Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms this evening. Clear overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 9. / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Tuesday 3 August 2004
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke

After breakfast, I drove to Pine Hill.  Linda and Kyla were there; Sid had gone to Toronto for the day. I stopped at the Cranberry marsh on the way to get some of their pure cranberry juice.

The first news I heard, on arrival, was that the cottage across the river,(the brown one on the right), a combination of living quarters and boathouse, had burnt down to the dock during the night.  Around 3 AM, in the midst of a heavy downpour, everyone had heard a loud 'crack' of lightening, and a few minutes later, the river had turned orange with the flames.

John H., Jill, AJ, and Joan came by in the afternoon, and we took Cloud 9 out for a spin to look at the ruins and to drop by at John Patterson's.  We visited a while, then they were on  their way.  That evening, I dropped over to Pattersons' for a visit.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers or severe thunderstorms late this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High 24. UV index 8 or very high. / Tonight : A few showers. Risk of a severe thunderstorm. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 11. / / Normals for the period : Low 10. High 24.


Wednesday 4 August 2004
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Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. -- Anonymous

 

Wednesday : A mix of sun and cloud. High 24.


Thursday 5 August 2004
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There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.-- Lester J. Pourciau

I was up at 2:30 and on my way to Pearson by 3.  My flight lifted off around & and I was in Calgary by 9:30

Thursday : Sunny. Low 12. High 26.


Friday 6 August 2004
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There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.-- George Bernard Shaw

First thing, I had an appointment with the doctor and a sigmoidoscope.  The procedure, investigation of the bowel, was quite interesting and reassuring, since no polyps or other problems were found.  Apparently this check is recommended for those of us over 50. 

The rest of the day was spent catching up on paperwork.

A contribution, much appreciated...

Hi Allen,

It's difficult to get an original photo of the bees but I thought I'd give it a try and send you a few. By the way, this season has certainly been strange. So many hives have swarmed and I'm not the only one complaining about this. The weather or something has exacerbated their swarming instinct despite all efforts to prevent such losses. Colony strengths span the whole spectrum this year making for very uneven heights in the beeyard. I hope to start pulling honey next week. Some guys have started this week but I felt the honey wasn't ripe enough plus I think the flow won't last much longer anyway as it has been too dry. The alfalfa needs a good soaking if we are to see any flow later in August, early September. Some canola fields are still blooming but almost done and the odd late crop in full bloom. Should still be a decent crop.

I've condensed the files for easy transfer, hope the quality is good enough. I'm still on dial up and its really slow.

 

Gilles

Thanks.  Gotta run now, but will catch things up soon.  I'll use one of these next page.

Today : Sunny. Becoming cloudy this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High 23. UV index 7 or high.
Tonight : Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming northwest 20 this evening. Low 10.
Saturday : Sunny with cloudy periods. Wind northwest 20 km/h. High 22.
Sunday : A mix of sun and cloud. Low 9. High 20.
Monday : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 22.
Tuesday : Sunny. Low 10. High 25.
Normals for the period : Low 9. High 24.


Saturday 7 August 2004
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
 I took the one less traveled by,
 And that has made all the difference.
 -- Robert Frost

Visitors arrived early for the party.  Jonathan was one surprise arrival.  We had just seen him in Muskoka, and he had flown here all the way from Rhode Island for his mother's birthday.  Lasko showed up next.  We all went to Drum for supper.  The crew from down East arrived in their motorhome around dark.

Today : Showers with the risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 near noon. High 14. UV index 3 or moderate. / Tonight : Showers ending this evening then cloudy periods. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 8. / Normals for the period : Low 9. High 23.


Sunday 8 August 2004
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We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ellen's 60th birthday party began at 4 and ran until midnight.  I think there were about fifty in attendance, but I did not count.

Sunday : A mix of sun and cloud. High 16.


Monday 9 August 2004
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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. -- Henry David Thoreau

The day was spent visiting with the Easterners.

Monday : A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers. Low 10. High 18. / Normals for the period : Low 9. High 23.

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