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Rotaco last won the day on September 18 2015

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  • Birthday 09/04/1972

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  1. A very sharp skewer as 1st choice. I've also used a knife but I don't like it as much as a fine sharp metal skewer. I saw the concept on a RobBob blog, described as ikijime or spiking. This site gives a good guide to the fish (around here), and usually supplies a picture of the target and fish type. http://www.ikijime.com/fish/ I think I should get some mesh gloves for this technique, because I've had a close shave with the knife on the hand.
  2. The Aussie native raspberry hedges are producing daily harvest, as well as Davidson's plums & I've pulled out some nice groundHog radishes lately.
  3. Had the same thing happen to me on my first fish, didn't like it too. When I'd go fishing years ago, the head would usually go straight into a pelican's mouth, never thought of it more until the first harvest. I've tried spiking the brain and with practice I hope it may be a faster way.
  4. I like it Gary. One of the basic things, that many have the oppertinuity to do well, when given good direction, is to produce food for their households = Lower Food Miles If then, the production goes beyond the household's need, a surplus can be used in many ways, by the householders, to lower general consumption miles further. It's the good direction, inspiration and enthusiasm that helps to kick this kind of stuff off, and it sounds like your yard's going to be full of that. Thanks!
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    Native bees

    Apologies, no split in previous post video. Honey harvest only.
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    Native bees

    And here's the video of the native bee hive split, new (and first) man made frame for Australian stingless bees, punching tool & centrifuge. I believe Bob created this, to minimise bee deaths during harvest... what a guy! Up until now, I would have never thought we could be centrifuging stingless bee honey pots. http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/video/australian-native-bees-honey-collection-with-bob-the-beeman?xg_source=activity
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    Native bees

    Here's a 'Totally Wild' segment (Australian kids nature show) about Australian Native Bees. It features Bob Luttrell, who has recently developed a unique native bee honey harvester (not mentioned in show). https://www.facebook.com/TotallyWild/videos/10152622672304153/?pnref=story This link has Bob displaying his inventions. http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/group/garden-visits/forum/topics/2047708:Topic:290663
  8. I'm sorry to hear about your darker days and what went. I'm inspired by hearing about your micro farming making the difference, well done and an example that diversifying your food systems can give you enough options to make ends meet.
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    Jade Perch photos

    Jade perch in 800l aquarium.
  10. You just reminded me of the comedy satirical movie, Thank You For Smoking, smiling now thinking about the MOD squad.
  11. I agree both your statements. I really try not to get pulled to either extreme of the safety with our foods debate, there are obviously extreme viewpoints in both camps, and for what I see of the interview (I would like to view the whole unedited interview mind you), the lobbyist was the one who presented the concept of drinking glyphosphate, which is the original point of my giggle. It's what I see as a very deceptive statement being caught out/challenged well. Your comment above confirms that proposing the drinking of glyphosphate as reckless (I just read the MSDS, as you suggest) and ... yep, the lobbyist seemed to be telling the interviewer that you can drink it (even supplying dosage volumes in 'could scenarios'), a little reckless given the MSDS content. When the blindly, silly deceptive statements are made by the other extreme points of view ... and get highlighted, I have a giggle as well. Just look at some of the comments made below the YouTube entry, and you will see ... and have a field day. I feel your statements do not reflect any extreme attitude in favour of (after all) a very common product, just healthy scepticism when the subject is challenged, which is a vital part of keeping the facts on track.
  12. I understand the analogy you present, it is a fair argument of a silly concept being presented to any person ... who would? ... with either drinking scenario. The logic differs where it is known that arsenic is a naturally occurring element in many fresh foods at (what should/normally be) very low levels. The logic differs where it is known that arsenic is a poisonous substance and the higher the dose/level, the more harmful it is to a person. The logic differs where it is presented that glyphosate is totally harmless (at nearly any drinkable dose/level), within the same interview ... it could very well be true ... but the natural (blindsided) reaction from the lobbyist, is quite interesting and a little disturbing for me.
  13. It's wrong, but it still makes me giggle, I have to point out that it is obviously is a short segment of desired context, of an interview, however I believe it does show a real response to a true underlying attitude that most people would have to a questionable (questionable by recent public scrutiny) chemical ... even lobbyists. I will admit now that I have used glyphosate in the past, but have no intention to use it now or in the future (not a recent decision) ... it is a very immediately convenient agent, I just do not wish to take a gamble with the long term on this one though.
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    Native bees

    Here's a Tetragonula carbonaria visiting a Davisons's Plum flower (Fruit Tree in soil garden). The Trigona was replaced with Tetragonula for 6 Australian and 30 other Trigona species in the past few years. An article regarding this change is here - http://www.aussiebee.com.au/tetragonula-name-change.html I lost 2 of my 3 Tetragonula carbonaria hives after the heatwave early last year, and really should get around to splitting this one soon to get the numbers back up. These guys like the corn pollen (3rd photo) as well.
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