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Old 10-12-2013, 08:35 PM
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I reckon that there would be some interesting tales out there of encounters with nature while gathering firewood.

I have had a couple of recent interactions with nature, most recently finding a hive of native bees in a newly fallen dead tree. Since they are now vulnerable to fire I will rehouse them and relocate them into my garden. They don't sting really but get everywhere (in the beard, ears, nose) when they get excited and a chainsaw will get them excited.

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The other one was finding this bloke in amongst the wood when I unloaded it at home. Glad I saw him first. He was released into a remote part of the garden. He wasn't very big, about 2-3 inches long. There was also a large centipede aboard but he escaped the camera.

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Worth dodging the hazards to have a decent supply of good quality wood stored up for when the rains come (if they come).

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Old 10-12-2013, 11:04 PM
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Well done.

I always let the wildlife go, other people I meet think Im nuts, which I prolly am.

Ive let snakes, scorpions, spiders and all manner of stuff go about their own business.

I must get out for some firewood, lately we have had a lot of rain which makes the ground soggy and strong winds which blow the trees over in the soggy ground.

Rain and strong wind is the god of the firewood gatherer.
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The native bees are great little pollinators to have around, I've a boxed hive for a number of years now. I split it every year and give a hive to a friend so I know I will always have a split should I need one.
I keep telling myself that next split Ill Take the honey but I never do
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Lucky taipans prefer piles of rocks to piles of wood
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Dave, insulate, insulate, insulate
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Gudday
Taking the pic of the bee box I've discovered that my banana has flowered
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These are a Panama red variety. They only grow 5 ft tall so there great you don't get a bunch of fruit 15 ft up a tall post. Being down low means you can put a bag over the to stop the bats and possums. The little bananas form under the leaves/ petals and as the petals drop of more form. If a fruit bat or possum is after the nectar that drips from the bell at the bottom knock the next banana as it forms it will stop forming more.
I'll put a chock feed bag over these now with the bottom end open to keep it safe. The nectar will continue to drip and the bees love that.When all the fruit has formed Ill cut the bell off and the goodness will go into the fruit. I could get up to 40 to 60 banana on the bunch.
When the ripen in 2 to three months it a frantic race to use / give them away as being natural and ungassed they ripen fast.
My too favorites are banana bread which freezes well. What I like is to put a skewer through a peeled fruit dip it in that ice cream choc stuff and freeze it.
My boys are grown up, so few kids around, bugger, more for me
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Dave,
That's really cool that you can grow your own bananas. Having to worry about bats is wild also. The only thing around here in Pennsylvania that bothers the fruit is birds and insects. I would love to try banana bread made with fresh ripe fruit.
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I reckon that there would be some interesting tales out there of encounters with nature while gathering firewood.

I have had a couple of recent interactions with nature, most recently finding a hive of native bees in a newly fallen dead tree. Since they are now vulnerable to fire I will rehouse them and relocate them into my garden. They don't sting really but get everywhere (in the beard, ears, nose) when they get excited and a chainsaw will get them excited.

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The other one was finding this bloke in amongst the wood when I unloaded it at home. Glad I saw him first. He was released into a remote part of the garden. He wasn't very big, about 2-3 inches long. There was also a large centipede aboard but he escaped the camera.

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Worth dodging the hazards to have a decent supply of good quality wood stored up for when the rains come (if they come).

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What's happened with that hive?
There a little tricky to relocate or box up . No I'm no expert on this but I believe there's a local bloke up your way that's good. A quick search ill find him on the net
For now keep it off the ground ( ants) cover it back up and don't move it more than a mtr each day or the workers will not find there way home ( opinion of the guy I got mine off)
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Thanks Dave - I have covered it and intend to box it late one evening and move it after dark. I have had plenty of experience with European honey bees and have boxed plenty of swarms and wild hives but have had nothing to do with these little guys. It would be simple if they had made home in a limb or similar but this is the trunk of a large tree and it will be a bit harder since I have to remove them from there completely.

I have seen them installed in small styrofoam boxes but would be interested in how you keep/manage your hive and how you have them boxed.
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