THE BEE LINE
Newsletter of the Mid North Coast Amateur Beekeeping Association
President : Marcus Lewis ph 6656 2287 Secretary : Peter Dickson-Smith
Treasurer: Mal Banks Ph : 02 6649 2009
Ph: 026649 0990 , email- firstname.lastname@example.org Public Officer : Marcus Lewis
Newsletter : Mal Banks Ph : 02 6569 5561
Vice Presidents : Allan Thomas, Paul Campbell Librarian: Fay Karabaic
The last meeting was held at Mal & Katrina’s property at Kremnos on May 8th. It was a beautiful warm day and the meeting was well attended with 35 present. The long dry continues, but hopefully June will produce some rain.
However it has been a good season for the bees, with several gum trees flowering over the autumn period. The bees will be going into winter with much better stores of honey and pollen than last year.
Before looking at the hives I melted up some capping wax in a big pot on the BBQ.
This was a second stage process as the previous day I had refined the wax in the pot with two-thirds water and a dash of vinegar.
After the wax was all melted I poured it into plastic moulds with sections of stockings secured around the top to filter out the unwanted remains.
Blocks of wax with stocking filters
The final result was three very nice blocks of wax, ready to make candles or for any of the many other uses of beeswax. It can also be sold or traded for fresh foundation.
Following that there was a hive inspection.
Katrina, Don and Frank did the hive activity. The first job was to look at our largest and busiest hive, with three supers.
It was noticed the bottom box and board was deteriorating and this was replaced. All the brood frames were looked at and the queen was spotted. The hive was in good condition with healthy brood. When the hive was reassembled, a clearer board was placed below the top two supers, ready for me to remove and extract the next day.
As the bees were behaving themselves we decided to look at a couple of other hives that were weaker due to summer swarming. They were in a fair condition with fresh eggs indicating a laying queen was present.
The raffle was conducted and thanks to all those who brought raffle prizes and food.
This was the first raffle where our club pitched in with some beekeeping equipment. Some purchases have been made and these items will be included in the raffles at future meetings.
After the usual fine feast and splendid desserts were had, a business meeting was held. This included the last meeting’s
minutes, treasury report and general business.
The Colonel Pulling Competition
The main focus was on the Col Pulling competition to be held the following week in Mittagong, where our club members, Faye and Frank, and Marcus and Julie, would be representing our club in an attempt to retain the shield.
Well, in case you haven’t heard we came second, behind well deserved winners, Parramatta. That means two wins and two runners up outcomes in our four years of existence. We also came second on handicap, with new club Manning Valley coming first.
Congratulations to everybody on a fine effort and especially to Faye, Frank, Marcus and Julie for making the long trip down there to represent our club.
Next year the AGM and Col. Pulling will be held in the Northern Rivers district, probably at Ballina. So we should be able to give it a good go at getting the shield back!
It was good to see that all 15 clubs had representatives at the AGM.
So again congratulations to Parramatta!
Even if we had got a perfect score in the quiz they still would have won as they were so strong over all sections.
Welcome to new members and thanks also to French Canadian visitor Lydie Paul who gave a talk about her beekeeping experiences in Canada. She is living/working on an organic farm and is keen to get into bees here.
Col. Pulling Results
Mid North Coastscores
1) Photography Competition
Relevance to theme – 5/5
Originality – 3/5
Creativity – 3/5
Composition – 4/5
Total 15/20 – Scaled score out of ten – 7.5
2) Apiary Products
Light Medium Dark
Flavour 20/25 20/25 23/25
Density 23 23 23
Colour 21 23 22
Aroma 8/10 8/10 7/10
Clearness 8 7 8
Brightness 4/5 3/5 3/5
Total score 84 84 86 - 84.7
Apiary products total /250 207.7
Scaled apiary product/ 30 24.9
3) Branch Report /100 90
Scaled /30 27
4) Quiz /30 20.3
Total Score / 100 79.7
COL PULLING 2016 FINAL SCORE SHEET
OPEN WINNER FOR 2016 -
HANDICAP WINNER FOR 2016 -
Handicap score is points/person in club multiplied by 100 ie total points divided by
club population multiplied by 100
Some tips from the judge
Here are some preparation and presentation tips for entering apiary products for competition as advised by the judge.
HONEY should be in the containers specified and labelled as directed. There should be no foam on the surface.
The COMB of honey should be fully capped. White, even cappings are best.
A masking tape border is sometimes allowed, but it is better without.
WAX should be smooth without any pattern from the mould. Edges should
be smooth not fancy. Judges can tell if wax is cooled too quickly or has been
overheated. Bright yellow is preferred with a pleasant aroma.
Frank’s Hive Hints No 16
Bees sometimes do things beyond human imagination. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you have. It can happen any time of the year. You open the hive where everything looks normal. It is well populated with the queen laying normally. The brood looks normal. Before you finish examining the combs you find one comb with a couple of occupied queen cells with queens ready to emerge. They are not swarm cells that usually appear on frame edges. What is the reason? The bees know something better than you. They want to replace the queen though all seems normal. Why? They know that the queen will stop laying, she is too old, sick or injured. If you destroy the queen cellsthey will build new ones straight away. If that happens, leave them alone for a couple of weeks and let Nature take its course. Check again. You may be surprised to find 2 queens laying in the same box, mother and daughter side by side. Eventually, in a couple of weeks the old queen will disappear.
LOVE THOSE BEES.
No apiary shots - sorry
Queueing up for lunch
Please note : No June Meeting due to lack of a venue and the fact that it is the Queen’s birthday long weekend.
Honey Roasted Root Vegetables
60 g butter
2 tablespoons honey
4 thyme sprigs
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium orange sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium white sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
8 small pickling onions, peeled
8 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled
1 garlic head
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Melt butter in a large ovenproof dish over medium heat
Add the honey and thyme and stir.
Remove from the heat and add the carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, onions and artichokes.
Season well with salt and pepper and toss gently so they are coated with the honey butter.
Trim the base of the garlic and wrap in foil. add to the baking dish and place in the oven for 1 hour, turning the vegetables occasionally so they caramelize evenly. When cooked remove the foil from the garlic and pop the cloves from the skin,add to the other vegetables and serve.
From Vegie Food – Murdoch books
Note: This meeting is in July not June
The next meeting will be held at the home of our President Marcus Lewis at Sandy Beach on Sunday, 10th July.
Address: 10 Blackbutts Avenue
Phone No. 6656 2287
- LOOK FOR THE BEE SIGNS -
Time : 10 am for 10:30 start
Activity : There will be an hive activity
Please Bring Protective Clothing
Please bring chairs
Parking: There is limited parking outside the house. Most parking is available at the top or the bottom of the hill in Blackbutts Ave.
AB-B-Q lunch will be at 12:30.
Please bring something for lunch, morning tea and the raffles. Cost $5.00
At 1:30 pm a meeting will be held to discuss club business.
Contact – Mal Banks- 6649 0990
Peter Dickson-Smith – 6649 2009