Ted talks – September 2013

Just to let you all know that at the Chatswood street fair Last Saturday an estimated 40,000 people passed by our stall for the day.  I counted several times that about 20 people passed our stall every minute, and for 7 hours that was my count.
A wonderful effort and our takings have set a record for such a stand. It will go a long way toward our new shed when we find a council to give us an area.
Those that turned up were Joan Stebbing , Phil Kavanagh, Steve Kavanagh, Ian Savins, Ted Romer, Mary-Ellen Burke, Keith Pester, Bernard Sendlehofer, Sue Robertson, Martin Warnes and Greg Deakin for the hand cream and bees. If I have missed anyone Please lets know but you are owed a great vote of thanks for what you did. Keith and the rest of the helpers did a wonderful job at handling enquiries.
Joan was thoroughly “pooped and worn out  at days end, Bernard Sendlehofer  was our “super salesman” and our new member Sue Robertson literally stole the show with her gracious manner of charming one and all around the stall.  Ian Savin and myself must have explained to at least 50 sets of children and adults the life story about bees.  There were many requests of how to join our group of bee lovers.
If you have never come to one of our street stalls please consider  coming to one of our future events. The friendly crowds and the atmosphere made for a wonderful day. Even your children if old enough would gain valuable experience at helping to sell some of the 300 jars of honey we had on offer.
Again many many thanks to all that came and helped.
Next Sunday the 15th September our field day will again be held at Watermaid  24 Tepko Road Terrey Hills  from 11.00am  with a sausage sizzle lunch from 12.00 onward.
What we are hoping to demonstrate is how well the bees have fared from the mauling they received last month, especially the three swarms that Doyle dumped into new hives..
Doyle with Keith Pester will be demonstrating as Greg has other commitments.  We also hope to show how pollen can be gathered from a hive.
You probably are aware that I am playing with ozone in my hives and you will see how an Ozone generator can be put into each hive and not kill the bees.
My first trials were with 15 minutes per day with a 100mgm per hour solar powered generator. I am now trialling  a 4 hour stretch each day of sunshine.  You will see how I do it next  Sunday. The bees have not suffered to date.
My observations to date suggest I can eliminate chalkbrood out of the hive and the small hive beetle can be seen scamppering out of the hive when its on. I have written an article on its use and researched the lethal dose of ozone to all pests and bacteria  and viruses associated with bees.  When finished I will get you all a copy.  What I need now is for you to see what I am doing and correlate what I am observing and for you to emulate it if possible.  Total cost to each hive is $20 but the potential is huge for what it can do.
So I will hope to see you all next Sunday.  I have made lots of my honey ginger beer so please find a cup and have a taste with your sausage sizzle.  Ian has again promised to play for you all so that you can enjoy the atmosphere.

Ted Romer