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Beehive for a birthday - advice please!
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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 7:16 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Posh leather gloves? I use marigolds a lot of the time, but I've also got a pair of proper gauntlet things that come almost up to my elbows - I used them at the weekend and afterwards realised that I hadn't spent all the time I was in the hive tugging at my cuffs.

And does he wear wellies, or boots? If the latter, you can get gaiter-thingies to stop the ladies crawling up your trousers - a comedy experience, but not one I would like to repeat .

And what about a frame rest?

I think vouchers are a great idea - but I know what you mean about wanting to give something personal yourself.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has he got a smoker?

woodsprite



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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got WBCs and Nationals, prefer WBCs. Horses for courses.

Chez



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

woodsprite wrote:
We've got WBCs and Nationals, prefer WBCs. Horses for courses.


It's definitely a personal preference thing .

spicycauldron



Joined: 28 Aug 2007
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Location: North Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Smoker, no... Good idea... Also good idea about the frame rest...

Thanks! As for wellies, yes, he has those - needed round here when it's the Winter Monsoon season! - and he also has some of those ridiculous but practical things you put on the bottom of your trouser legs, what are they called... galoshes?

Chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

spicycauldron wrote:
and he also has some of those ridiculous but practical things you put on the bottom of your trouser legs, what are they called... galoshes?


Elastic bands?

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Posh leather gloves? I use marigolds a lot of the time, but I've also got a pair of proper gauntlet things that come almost up to my elbows - I used them at the weekend and afterwards realised that I hadn't spent all the time I was in the hive tugging at my cuffs.

And does he wear wellies, or boots? If the latter, you can get gaiter-thingies to stop the ladies crawling up your trousers - a comedy experience, but not one I would like to repeat .

And what about a frame rest?

I think vouchers are a great idea - but I know what you mean about wanting to give something personal yourself.


We've been advised not to wear any gloves at all Or if you must, thin latex to keep the propolis off.

Chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jamanda wrote:
We've been advised not to wear any gloves at all Or if you must, thin latex to keep the propolis off.


My Ma never used to, apparently - she used to roll her sleeves all the way up above her elbows and just wrap a bit of veil around her hat .

She says she reckons her smell must have changed a bit after she had her babies though, because she started getting stung more ...

joanne



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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use thin gloves and tape up the wrists to stop them from crawling up my sleeves - Our course recommends that rather than bare hands just simply from a hygiene point of view and also that propolis can cause skin irritation

So he will be learning to handle bee's with thin gloves not gauntlets because they are harder to clean the propolis off and also if they sting the leather - it can get impregnated with the sting pheromone that

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