Holy honey

Capping honey is the final stage honey production for the bee. After hours and hours of to and fro flight, visiting an untold number of flowers and the uncountable bee hours of fanning the honey the bee essentially does what the beekeeper does when they bottle the honey, they put neat little lid on the cell.

Autumn is normally my best haul of the year, spring pales in comparison. So after bumper spring haul, great weather and and amazing comb grow I was expecting great numbers for spring…. I could not have been more wrong.

Ten honey harvests I was set to do on this somewhat warm autumn Sunday afternoon. The apiary a buzz with yellow hornets (wait …. that’s not good) I cut open the first and biggest hive with my trusty bread knife. The moment the knife enters the hive you know if this harvest is going to be good or bad, the disappointing cardboard sound of the blade cutting though dry honey comb. I could stop, but the hive was to big and a believe it or not a harvest honey is an essential part of good winter health maintenance.

The result of the harvest is below, The other hives I`ll leave for the next spring as the a new hives this year and hopefully they’ll sort themselves out over winter.

 

Cutter supreme

Designed to cut grass at low revolutions this weed whacker blade pays for itself in just a day or two of work.  The double slit Iwama does exactly what it claims to do, slice through grass at extreme cost performance.

After a good 40 hours using this blade and I must say I am most happy with the its smooth use.

Pros

  1. Save gas; I haven’t tried a 4 stroke machine yet, but on two strokes I am using around half of what I used too.
  2. Kicks butt on clover, absolutely amazing.

Cons

  1. Not for heavy cutting.

Bushnell trail camera

I picked up a cheap bushnell trail camera to see what animals are visiting the apiary.

it seems to be working fine 🙂

How deer you
How deer you

Cutting Grass – My new life

Yesterday a friend who has helped me out tremendously was asked

What do you do on you holidays ?

His reply was “Kusakari! weed eating!

I laughed his reply and thought, that is the direction I my life is going in.

Weeds in Japan are just crazy, during the rainy season you obviously you’re gonna rain, heat, humidity and enough sunlight to throw them  into overdrive and really make the life of the locals a constant battle between knee high lush good to hide the poisonous snakes and a beautifully weed eaten field.

Time consuming

Never expected the fence to take this long to complete. Pleased with the results so far… But man it is taking time.

Brushing teeth with Aleppo soap

For the past five years I have exclusively used Aleppo soap.

  • It’s biodegradable
  • It promotes wound healing
  • It’s effective against insect bites
  • it helps with irritated skin or conditions
  • it may help fight against skin cancer
  • In can be used to wash, hair,body and clothes (the ultimate camping soap) and…..

now for the past two weeks I have been using it as toothpaste! and man my mouth feels great!

If there were such thing as a paleo soap this would be it.

Aleppo soap