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Monday 11 October 2004
Thanksgiving Day in Canada

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In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. -- Thomas Jefferson

We're back from a week on a houseboat in the Shuswap.  I'm still working on the curriculum.  I'll be busy today getting ready for a meeting tomorrow, but hope to get these pages up-to-date soon.

I hear that Medhat was here Wednesday to treat our colonies as part of his oxalic tests, using both vaporization and drizzling methods, on different sets of hives, then proceeded to Meijers to do some tests on some of their hives.

More later

Meijers came for supper.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. High 20. / Tonight : A few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h. Low 5. / Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.


 


Tuesday 12 October 2004
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We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming -- Don Delillo

Today, I drove to Sherwood Park to a meeting on the Green Certificate curriculum that I have been writing.  The meeting went well, and everyone seemed pleased, but I am now confused as to exactly what is expected.

On the way home, I stopped again and looked at Mini-flame coal furnaces.  These units are a dandy little unit and we are considering using one to replace or augment our existing system.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming north 20 km/h this afternoon. High 17. / Tonight : Cloudy. Clearing overnight. Low 3. / Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.


Wednesday 13 October 2004
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All great truths begin as blasphemies -- George Bernard Shaw

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 30 km/h this afternoon. High 23. UV index 3 or moderate. / Tonight : Cloudy periods. Wind west 20 km/h. Low 10. / Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.


Thursday 14 October 2004
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Someone's boring me. I think it's me -- Dylan Thomas

The SABA meeting at Scandia is tomorrow.  Everyone is welcome.

The HoneyBeeWorld Forum works again.

Today : A few showers. Wind north 20 km/h. High 14. / Tonight : Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming north 20 km/h overnight. Low 2. / Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.


Friday 15 October 2004
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History is more or less bunk -- Henry Ford

I attended the meeting today.  Reece and Echo supplied the venue, and were great hosts.  Attendance was about 70, with people from as far as B.C. and the Peace. 

Joe Traynor , a featured speaker came up from Bakersfield, California and spoke about pollination in California, discussing colony size, prices, and how his co-op works to make things easier for the beekeepers and growers.  The co-op charges 10% to cover administrative costs, and co-ordinates details, sets and enforces quality standards, handles phone calls, and collects the fees. Bad debt costs are shared between all beekeepers, so that no one beekeeper gets stiffed. Losses due to deadbeat customers has been minimal, almost nil.

Gordon Frank gave a good overview of the leafcutter business, then George spoke about pollination this past season.  Apparently bees had been more variable due tot he difficult season, but all in all, things were OK.  Canola prices are down right now, and the crystal ball is foggy, but I gathered that the demand for bees will be down a bit in the coming year, but hopefully not too much.

After lunch, Joe spoke about the medicinal properties of honey and his book, then Medhat reviewed his pollen supplement research from last summer.  The upshot is that he observed good consumption of patties, and a resulting 1/3 increase in brood after a few weeks compared to hives with no patties.

I made it home by 7, and the P-Ss were already there.  The four of us had a pleasant supper.

Today : A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers early this morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High 9. / Tonight : Cloudy. Rain beginning overnight. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light near midnight. Low 1. / Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 12.


Saturday 16 October 2004
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Seek simplicity, and distrust it -- Alfred North Whitehead

I awoke to see a bit of snow on the ground, but melting fast.  The forecast has now been downgraded and we are not expected to get much.

Jean and Chris are coming today, and Chris' parents and sister will be here for supper.

Today : Rain changing to light snow near noon. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High 3. / Tonight : Periods of light snow. Low minus 5. / ormals for the period : Low zero. High 14.


Sunday 17 October 2004
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I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the guts to bite people themselves -- August Strindberg

Allen's Link of the Day: Battle between honeybee and wasp

Today : Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 1. / Tonight : Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Low minus 2. / ormals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.
 


Monday 18 October 2004
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The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations -- David Friedman

Allen's Link of the Day:

Nuisance Wasps and Bees

Today : Periods of snow. Amount 2 cm. High minus 2.
Tonight : Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 10.
Tuesday : Cloudy with sunny periods. High minus 2.
Wednesday : Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 8. High minus 1.
Thursday : Cloudy. Low minus 8. High plus 2.
Friday : A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 7. High 8.
Normals for the period : Low minus 1. High 13.


Tuesday 19 October 2004
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be -- Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Today : Cloudy. High minus 2. / Tonight : Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low minus 6.

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