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  Topic: V.A.T. !!!
beean

Replies: 59
Views: 23083
PostForum: Small Business Questions, Ideas and Advice   Posted: Tue Jun 29, 10 1:00 pm   Subject: Re: ???? VAT Registration!!!!
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We looked into it before but were put off as the HMRC website said that you couldn't register for VAT if you only sell goods or services that are exempt from VAT.

The only thing I can thin ...
  Topic: Non-paying swine
beean

Replies: 29
Views: 14472
PostForum: Small Business Questions, Ideas and Advice   Posted: Tue Jun 29, 10 12:46 pm   Subject: Non-paying swine
I reckon 50% up front and 50% on completion, even for very small jobs, is fine, as is paying for all materials up front. I can't imagine that many people would be unhappy with that sort of arrangement ...
  Topic: Propogating a rose
beean

Replies: 8
Views: 1764
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Jun 29, 10 12:00 pm   Subject: Propogating a rose
Any chance you could move it in the winter when it's dormant - somewhere it'll be happier?
  Topic: Loss of bees will cost a fortune
beean

Replies: 2
Views: 1731
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Wed Jun 23, 10 12:22 pm   Subject: Loss of bees will cost a fortune
I always think articles that mention economic cost are generally mre about drumming up financial support for research into bee....as in "they are worth (insert huge figure here)" so whyever can we not ...
  Topic: How naked are you ....
beean

Replies: 14
Views: 3638
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Mon Jun 21, 10 12:14 pm   Subject: How naked are you ....
Sounds like there would be no problem: 270 yards away seems like plenty. Maybe limit inspections to when the kids aren't at school, but this is probably unnecessarily cautious. .
  Topic: Chickens for sale at garden centres
beean

Replies: 12
Views: 4416
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Fri Jun 11, 10 12:09 pm   Subject: Chickens for sale at garden centres
I thought the kitchen-scrpas thing was the result of a blanket-law to prevent items contaminated by meat products being fed to cows/sheep/etc, and poultry happened to get cuaght up in the same legisla ...
  Topic: spiders
beean

Replies: 2
Views: 1352
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue May 18, 10 12:18 pm   Subject: spiders
I would have thought the bees would finis off the spiders if they strayed into the hive? I've never experienced your situation though. Are you sure they aren't jsut scavenging dead bees that have been ...
  Topic: Repossession.
beean

Replies: 16
Views: 7608
PostForum: Finance and Property   Posted: Tue May 18, 10 8:03 am   Subject: Repossession.
My depression means I have trouble with envelopes. They pile up but this time the Salvation Army lady won't let me get away with and wants to see my pile every week.

The Sally Army lady sounds lik ...
  Topic: Icing sugar
beean

Replies: 13
Views: 3312
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue May 18, 10 7:49 am   Subject: Icing sugar
We had a chat about this on the queen rearing course at the w/e. One bloke had adapted his smoker to puff icing sugar and says he never uses smoke now. .....

So does he jsut put the powdered sugar/ ...
  Topic: Icing sugar
beean

Replies: 13
Views: 3312
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Mon May 17, 10 4:43 pm   Subject: Icing sugar
I'm sure I read something (but can't remember where! How useful...) along the lines of it only being effective if done properly: lots of powder shaken thoroughtly onto the bees - more casual applicati ...
  Topic: Sowing by the moon
beean

Replies: 40
Views: 6135
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon May 17, 10 4:34 pm   Subject: Sowing by the moon
I'm intrigued as to wether it works or not.
It does sounds like unscientific new-age twaddle, but what always surprises me is that it's been around for a long time. My grandfather used to plant by t ...
  Topic: Icing sugar
beean

Replies: 13
Views: 3312
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Mon May 17, 10 8:10 am   Subject: Icing sugar
Quite a lot of people do this. Generally sprinkling the bees with icing sugar fairly casually at each inspection, or every couple of weeks. Some swear by it (the powder makes it harder for the mites t ...
  Topic: DIY hives
beean

Replies: 54
Views: 15760
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri May 14, 10 8:10 am   Subject: DIY hives
So possibly we might need a swarm coping strategy.
As I understand, a swarm leaves the parent hive, then flies off and finds somewhere suitable to found a new colony.
So would it be worth providing ...
  Topic: DIY hives
beean

Replies: 54
Views: 15760
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu May 13, 10 12:13 pm   Subject: DIY hives
Probem with foul-brood hotspots is that it can "appear" apparantly out of nowhere... e.g late summer outbreak in Scotland last year. Where I am foulbrood was always seen as being a real rarity, now it ...
  Topic: Bumble bees
beean

Replies: 2
Views: 1417
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu May 13, 10 12:05 pm   Subject: Bumble bees
Yep, we ahve lots this year (and had a lot last year too). I think they're ace, and really love seeing them out and about in their fuzzy jackets they're so much better at the early (and late) shift th ...
 
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