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

2016 First Harvest!

Happy Honey Harvest 2016!

Well it’s my first harvest of the year,  Lets hope the year brings a lot more honey. Yum Yum…. home for me!

Raw Honey
First Harvest for 2016

Winter 2015-2016

I still have at least one more month until winter is over and I am in the clear. So far I haven’t lost any hives but two are not looking great, So this year I decided to feed them 200cc of sugar water every 10 days to 14 days, I hope it’s enough.

Sarudango

IMG_0116Snowing on Awaji today so the monkeys at Awaji’s monkey center are huddling together for warmth.

Hattoji 2015

Generally I  try and make it to the Hattoji international villa at least once a year,but  for the past two years I’ve been too busy wrapped up in my own hello world unable to take the timeout and ride my motorbike (teeny tiny scooter) to this beautiful destination.

This year I jumped at the opportunity to stay there and join friends from the Kansai Riders group.

PCX150 Update

1 year and 11 months 32,000km

This is only the second time I have taken her to the mainland for a tour and I must say for sub 500km tours I really believe this is perfect bike for Japan.

Weeding is a must!

Well it’s my birthday today, so why not do something interesting on your birthday 🙂

On Thursdays I generally check on the Hatada apiaries and today I noticed that the Perilla had started to take their dance of death and turn brown and honesty the stone terraces just weren’t looking good.

I knew this is gonna happen and had been putting off weeding that section of the apiary because I  just don’t like weeding and there are a lot of snakes

I had decided on only weeding around the beehives, but being a  Mr. Can’t stop when he gets started ended up pulling all the Perilla.

Now next, I’ve just got to get rid of all the Madagascar ragwort around the hives.
before_after2 before_after

Hatada Updates

Population of Japanese honey bee colony over the season

Very interesting to see the changes over the year with my Japanese honey bees.

  1.  Swarm caught a settled in (+1 Month,June)
  2. Feeling hot hot, The peak of summer. On the flow (Mid August)
  3. Summer is over, hornet attacks have stopped. Time to get ready for winter (early Nov)
  4. Population is dropping (Dec)
  5.  Midwinter, Population at an all time low. (Mid Feb)
  6. Two weeks later and the population is starting to grow back.
  7. Two after that and the population is at full strength.
  8. Getting ready to swarm. (Start of May)
  9. Just after swarming.
  10. Post swarm plus five days
  11. Three weeks later and the colony is bigger than ever.

Strong Arse Gloves

After my first three months of riding I’d gone through two sets of gloves, a Japanese brand and famous American brand both costing around 5,000 yen each.  After this wallet eating adventure need something better and after a few google searches and I had stumbled on Lee Parks Design gloves.

Now These gloves have gone through 67,000km (416,318 miles) and spent three months lost in my front garden during one winter after I put a rock through my shin on a hiking trip (long story)

I have used them while bee keeping and when weed eating the apiaries.

Now there are a few problems with them.

  1. Not waterproof, I use montbell (see below) over gloves to combat this.
  2. The tanned part stains your hands yellow when wet.
  3. Not warm in winter with grip heaters (Lee Park Designs have a lined version too)
  4. Can only buy in the U.S. (Boo Boo) I live in Japan and need another pairs soon.

 

montbell over gloves

Montbell  over gloves for those wet and cold days