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« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2009, 01:58:16 PM »

Just remember Copper naphthenate is used for a Wood Preservative, Insecticide, Fungicide, Dog and Cat Repellent.
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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2009, 02:15:07 PM »

Just remember Copper naphthenate is used for a Wood Preservative, Insecticide, Fungicide, Dog and Cat Repellent.

Insecticide for wood boring insects.  If they eat the wood it kills them.  Bees don't eat wood.  It's so damp here, fungicide isn't a bad idea.  Isn't Nosema a fungus?

I don't want dogs and cats near my hives anyway.

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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2009, 02:52:21 PM »

I use many colors and mix them up.  I buy a gallon of white and paint a few. Next trip to town I have my friend at the hardware store give the remainder of the can a light tint and paint some more.  I can get about 4 or 5 different colors out of one can before its empty.  I also have about 30 boxes painted olive drab for one out yard that I really want to hide
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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2009, 08:29:13 PM »


Hi Cindi,
No I am not insulted at all.

   I just tried twice to post a long and detailed reply to you about the prayer flags and their meaning and uses. Both times I lost it when I tried to post. Bummer…. well here we go again third time is the charm.







What can I tell you about the prayer flags? … The first thing that I should say is that I am not a practicing Buddhist let alone a Tibetan Buddhist.  I am kind of an eclectic blend of Daoist, Buddhist, New Ager.  I grew up in Boulder Colorado which EVERYBODY knows is the New Age Fruitbat Capital of the known Universe. Boulder is the home of the Buddhist University Naropa where my wife received her masters degree. We both have been very influenced by Buddhist thought. I tend more toward Daoism because of the influence of the Daoist martial arts that I do. My wife has traveled in Tibet to Lhasa and to Mt Kailash. She and I are I guess what you would call big fans of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  So this is my basis of understanding you could probably find more accurate info on the internet.

     The flags are called “Wind Horses” or Lung Ta in Tibetan. They carry the prayers on the wind to the heavens. They are colored for the five elements: Earth is yellow, Ether is blue, Air is green, Fire is red, Water is white. This is a slightly different set of elements than the ones used by the Daoists by the way. They also have symbolic power animals on them the Lion, Tiger, Dragon and the Garuda a mythical bird. Tibetan Buddhism is rich with archetypal symbology.  Each time the wind blows and the flag flutters the prayer is resent to the heavens. They are left until they are blown to tatters.

    The flags are hung in sacred places and in places where one needs a prayer, like a dangerous mountain pass or after the pass for thanks. They are hung around homes for protection and health, at business for prosperity and anywhere for peace. They can be a general prayer or for something more specific. You can pray for an individual by printing their name on it. The flags are sort of a general luck charm and prayer to be used in almost any situation.

     I have mine because they make me happy and joyful. I find watching them flutter in the wind to be very meditative. They also help me to feel more grounded in my own spiritual path now that I live in Loveland where there aren’t  very many of us crazy martial art nut case, Daoist, Buddhist, New Age, Astrological, Eclectics with Pantheistic tendencies.


Alfred
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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2009, 08:31:41 PM »

I let my kids decide on the color scheme.  One hive is pink and green (alternating boxes), the other blue and white.  They've become local "landmarks".

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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2009, 02:13:00 PM »

Julia painted hers in a very educational way - at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta - where the two of us each have hives for hive inspection opportunities for Metro Atlanta Beekeepers:



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« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2009, 10:47:49 AM »

Very nice Tillie!
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« Reply #27 on: March 11, 2009, 07:57:12 PM »

I thought mine were fun.
That's real neat Tillie.

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« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2009, 09:11:12 PM »

  """"" I just tried twice to post a long and detailed reply to you about the prayer flags and their meaning and uses. Both times I lost it when I tried to post. Bummer…. well here we go again third time is the charm"""""""

this happens to me a lot ...  now before I hit post I hit "" copy  """ then I hit post ,, that way , if it does not post , all I have to do  is ""  paste  "" and not retype it  ...


  I never thought of  olive oil  for the hive bodies  ,, might have to give it a try
( I hate painting )
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« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2009, 09:35:04 PM »

You can dip your bee equipment in wax and rosin.


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BEE HAPPY Jim 134  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2009, 09:41:27 PM »

I have some battle ship gray, white and Bull Frog Green. rolleyes :)doak
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« Reply #31 on: April 19, 2009, 10:42:19 PM »


Hi Cindi,
No I am not insulted at all.

   I just tried twice to post a long and detailed reply to you about the prayer flags and their meaning and uses. Both times I lost it when I tried to post. Bummer…. well here we go again third time is the charm.







What can I tell you about the prayer flags? … The first thing that I should say is that I am not a practicing Buddhist let alone a Tibetan Buddhist.  I am kind of an eclectic blend of Daoist, Buddhist, New Ager.  I grew up in Boulder Colorado which EVERYBODY knows is the New Age Fruitbat Capital of the known Universe. Boulder is the home of the Buddhist University Naropa where my wife received her masters degree. We both have been very influenced by Buddhist thought. I tend more toward Daoism because of the influence of the Daoist martial arts that I do. My wife has traveled in Tibet to Lhasa and to Mt Kailash. She and I are I guess what you would call big fans of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  So this is my basis of understanding you could probably find more accurate info on the internet.

     The flags are called “Wind Horses” or Lung Ta in Tibetan. They carry the prayers on the wind to the heavens. They are colored for the five elements: Earth is yellow, Ether is blue, Air is green, Fire is red, Water is white. This is a slightly different set of elements than the ones used by the Daoists by the way. They also have symbolic power animals on them the Lion, Tiger, Dragon and the Garuda a mythical bird. Tibetan Buddhism is rich with archetypal symbology.  Each time the wind blows and the flag flutters the prayer is resent to the heavens. They are left until they are blown to tatters.

    The flags are hung in sacred places and in places where one needs a prayer, like a dangerous mountain pass or after the pass for thanks. They are hung around homes for protection and health, at business for prosperity and anywhere for peace. They can be a general prayer or for something more specific. You can pray for an individual by printing their name on it. The flags are sort of a general luck charm and prayer to be used in almost any situation.

     I have mine because they make me happy and joyful. I find watching them flutter in the wind to be very meditative. They also help me to feel more grounded in my own spiritual path now that I live in Loveland where there aren’t  very many of us crazy martial art nut case, Daoist, Buddhist, New Age, Astrological, Eclectics with Pantheistic tendencies.


Alfred
Ps -  for the astrologers out there bees being the messengers that they are are of the sign Gemini and Gemini is also my natal sun sign!


It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama



Right there with you Alfred.  I lived in Boulder for about 10 yrs.
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« Reply #32 on: April 19, 2009, 10:49:49 PM »

Alfred, oh brother!!!  I missed that beautiful and lengthy post that you made to me, on March 9, don't know how, but I did.  Thank you so much for taking the time to post such an intricate explanation of what these prayer flags are all about, and let me tell you, it was very interesting, informative and well written.  It must have annoyed you terribly to have lot that text two times, but the third time was a charm.  Thankyou, I acknowledge that you spent a lot of time on this.  Beautiful.  Have that most awesome and beautiful day, lovin' this life we all live and share, health.  Cindi
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« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2009, 10:48:16 AM »

 Thanks Cindi   Smiley,

and to the kid,
 I have finally figured out that if I am writting anything more than a couple of sentences that I should do it in word first then copy it to the forum. This isn't the only place that I have had this happen. The problem is that sometimes you don't realize that you are going to go on a rant untill you are well into it and then it is hard to remember to move everything to word when you are on a roll. For instance right now if I am planning on writting much more I should probably move to word before I go too much further and risk losing it all. but I won't because I am about finished and so I figure that I will have no problem. Often now I will quickly copy all of the text just before I hit the post or the review button so that I don't loose it as well. So I think that I will do that before I move on.  Wink

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« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2009, 11:00:22 AM »

Hey tlynn,

When were you in Boulder? Sounds like you were there long enough to have Chief Niwot's Curse.


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« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2009, 10:36:39 AM »

My wife likes to paint so she paints pictures on the sides of the brood boxes from birds to our home.

I only have 1 box the bees don't like and every time I get in that box the bees try to sting me  shocked

or at least that is what I tell my wife  grin

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