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Andysworld! Secret Apiary

August 31st, 2014

hey, another Bee related post, board with Bees yet! A very busy weekend, with the bees….and I’m very tired!

"wild" comb made from pure beeswax

"wild" comb made from pure beeswax

A week has past since, I’ve moved all the hives to their new secret apiary location, from my two apiaries, they have been now united down from ten to six colonies (hives). All the honey has now been removed and extracted, and the wet supers have been give back to the bees, to help them top their winter stores. (the super/shallow is the smaller box on the bottom of the brood box on top!).

Andysworld! Secret Apiary

Andysworld! Secret Apiary

The third hive from the right, was a small cast swarm from the University of Hull, which I transferred from a nucleus (6 frame box) to a national hive yesterday (11 frames), and I’ve started to feed for winter.

Today, I treated with MAQS, to minimize the Varroa destructor mite, and ensure the colony is at it’s strongest going into the winter, as part of my integrated pest management (IPM). The Varroa destructor mite, arrived in the UK in 1992, so since then we’ve had to treat against Varroa destructor mite.

So, I’ve got a week off, before I go back to the bees, and start feeding, so time to clean up, inventory the equipment, and start putting back in the “bee shed”.

(although need to check on small colony this week, to check they are taking feed down!)

if you look carefully, you may notice, honey leaking all over the floor, so I had to stop filming….to mop up!

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Special Designed Silver Modulo! - Delay on Accessories ? Will these ever appear ? Kickstarter Failure ? @idapt @kickstarter

August 28th, 2014

This is the specially designed Silver Modulo!

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Limited Edition Silver Modulo

Unfortunately, it looks like the Wireless Charger, Crank Module, Dual Cable and Solar Charging module will be delayed….due to sourcing issues.

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Last of the Honey Supers for extraction

August 25th, 2014

These are the last of the honey supers (shallows or honey boxes), for me to extract that have come off the hives at the allotment. I’ve removed the last two supers, and I have one finally to remove from a hive.

Here are some pictures of capped honey comb, full of honey, before de-capping and extracting.

Each frame holds approx 2kg of honey. Approx 3-5 jars per frame.

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Super of capped honey 10 frames on castellations per super

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2 full supers ready to un-cap and extract

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frame of capped honey, ready for de-capping and extraction, the two dark uncapped cells contain pollen!

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close-up of super and capped honey frame

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Bees On The Move

August 22nd, 2014

The winter approaches fast, I’m now taking the honey off the hives, uniting the colonies to make them stronger over the winter, treating them for varroa (mite!), and moving them to their new home…

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!)

Hive on the move, on my hive barrow (I built!), on the far right of the picture you can just make out, a nucleus box (half a hive), left to catch any stragglers left!

This is the first hive on it’s travels, this hive has given me 75kg of honey this year.

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Mircosoft and Me!

August 20th, 2014

and most of you that know me, are probably saying, I thought he was a fan of VMware!

so one of my Article’s ends up on Microsoft Technet UK Blog, as I’m now a member of the Microsoft Technical Community Council.

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Here’s the article on Microsoft Technet UK Blog

Migrating 2008 R2 Hyper-V VMs to 2012

(oh, and there’s a recent photograph of me as well, proudly wearing the Microsoft Technical Community Council shirt!)

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Let the Honey Flow … “GOLD!”

August 18th, 2014

A busy time of year extracting the honey from the hives, which makes all the effort worth it! But now the hard work comes, starting to prepare the colonies for the winter ahead!

here is a little video, which is best called a “montage”….

I also had a little stealth mission to Leyburn to pick up a honey warming cabinet….

The Black Swan Hotel in Leyburn

The Black Swan Hotel in Leyburn

this honey warming box, is to allow me, to gently warm oil seed rape granulated honey, from the spring, and seed with additional runny honey, so I can cream it, creating a soft set honey.

Honey Warming Cabinet

Honey Warming Cabinet

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Maximum Modulo Power! 12,500mAh for my gadgets! @IDAPT

August 14th, 2014

Another surprise this morning, a very early delivery by the postman, delivery of two orange/yellow packages.

Another four Modulos, a pink, green, blue and yellow. these ones are rated at 2500mAh, so all stacked total capacity is 12,500mAh of power to charge gadgets….

Don’t forget still available from http://idaptweb.com

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Until next week Nanu Nanu - Mork calling Orson - Goodbye Robin Williams - RIP

August 12th, 2014

Again, a big loss today, as the news reports the loss of Robin Williams.

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I grew up watching Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy, and have always watched his films since, and had the chance when going on holiday to Vietnam, to utter those immortal words - Good Morning Vietname, and Hanoi Hannah! (much to Lindsey’s disgust!)

So Nanu Nanu and Farewell…..RIP

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New Zanussi ZCV561DW Cooker!

August 12th, 2014

It’s been a while since, we spent money on the house’s white goods….

eventually the cooker that came with the house, had to go, we’ve been keeping the over door shut with a plant pot, for approx 5 years!

Old unbranded cooker

Old unbranded cooker

so we purchased a new Zanussi ZCV561DW - 50cm wide electric cooker with separate grill and ceramic hob, from John Lewis. (and they were very good! which is what you’d expect from John Lewis, free delivery on a Saturday, and removed the old cooker for disposal!

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

New Zanussi ZCV561DW

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Invited to join the Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

August 8th, 2014

After my visit to Lotus F1, I was asked my Microsoft Technet UK if I wanted to join the Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC). The MTCC is described as “a group of external IT professionals influential in the IT Pro world, who are engaged and interested in sharing their opinions and meet once a month via a Lync call”.

Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

Microsoft Technical Community Council (MTCC)

Today, I received the MTCC shirt…

So after signing the  NDA, I’m now a member of the MTCC. All of the members feedback to Microsoft with real world experience of implementing Microsoft Technologies, and we get to understand the Microsoft road ahead.

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