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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2010, 03:43:33 PM »

Well, we're loaded and ready to head out to West Palm...should be a blast!!

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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2010, 09:07:26 AM »

The conference was great - I loved being there.  Meeting Dallas, JP, and Alan in person was such a treat - I got to hang out and eat dinner with them on Friday night.  But I got food poisoning Saturday afternoon and missed the Saturday night adventures and hated that.  Everyone who was at the conference seemed to be happy with their experiences.  Brendhan did a great job and ran a wonderful conference.  It was a nice mix of indoor talks and outdoor hands on experiences.  I got to meet Sam Comfort and watch him work the bees in his top bar hives - flip flops, no protection except a floppy brimmed hat - he was in tune with the bees and a great guy.  I'm inspired to build a top bar hive right away for this season. 

I got to talk on Preparing Honey and Wax for Competition - which I loved doing.  Most of the people in this group had never participated in a honey show, so I felt great about helping them understand why you do it (to be a better beekeeper/honey producer) and how to do it well.  I also talked about Harvesting Honey from the Hive to the Jar without chemicals, etc. and that session went great.  I did Powerpoints for both of these and also showed my movie on Crush and Strain honey.

Then Sunday I did a lip balm and lotion workshop that meant I was Julia Child in front of all these people, but I managed to make lip balm, lotion, and lotion bars and all of them got to take one of each home with them.

I learned the most (second to what I learned from Sam Comfort) from getting to help judge the honey contest with Welsh Honey judge (trained by Robert Brewer) Mikhail Kruglyakov.  It was a tiny honey show, but I learned from looking at every jar with him.  What an experience!  When I'm through with master beekeeper, I want to take the Welsh Honey judge training.
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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2010, 02:01:12 PM »

Glad you posted something as I was waiting to hear how things went with the conference. I am so sorry you got sick (I know something about food poisoning myself) and had to miss out on some things.

It sounds wonderful. I am helping a friend start a TBH this Spring and I need all the information I can get. Who is this man Sam Comfort and where do I find more information about him?? Does he have a website or literature to read on TBH's?

Glad you were able to share your experience on making fun stuff with the beeswax. I would love to have been your assistant in the lotion/cream/lipbalm making process (Hee! Hee!), but looks like you pulled it off really well yourself. ( just kidding!!!)

Take care and thanks for sharing. OH I guess I should check out your blog today as well.

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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2010, 02:13:22 PM »

Sam Comfort is Anarchy Apiaries.  He's a rebel of a guy and a kind beekeeper - sort of lives comfortably as his name would imply - with the bees.

He keeps bees in New York and Florida.

I put some pictures of his presentation on my blog and will put more of the conference up tonight.

LT now back in Atlanta
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2010, 04:57:19 PM »

Hi All,

I am still in process of recovery from the event. I spent this morning cleaning up the event and this afternoon in Miami. I have an FSBA conference call later today. I was so busy I did not get a lot of video. But I did get some I will try to deal with it by the end of the week.

The conference was if I do say so myself, just amazing. Linda (tillie) did an awesome job. Everyone was so enthralled with the idea of being able to make their own products from the hive. She made it seem so simple and easy. Alan did grafting and hives after dark and you just watch all the old school fears wash away. JP did a hands on cut I had for him, not an easy one either, with the students. Dallas showed all the beginners everything lighting their smokers to what to do in a hive. When he wasn't sleeping under his truck, biut that is another story. Doug McGinnis did a discussion on honey standards that blew people away even if you are a backyard beekeepers he lets you know what the expectations are going to be. Sam did top bar hives as tillie mentioned and now everyone wants one. My concern know is Sam spent three days with Dallas, Alan, and JP and may never be the same.

As for me I was basically lazy and let everyone I brought into speak do all the work.

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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2010, 05:07:13 PM »

I will also admit there is a small evil satisfaction in calling the four horsemen (Dallas, Alan, JP, and Sam) in the afternoon knowing they are passed out from indulging in the excesses of life. evil

Days Alan, Sam, Dallas, and JP spent at the conference: 3 plus trip down and trip back.

Total hours slept by the four horsemen: 3

Calling their cell phones and waking them up: Priceless!!

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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2010, 09:25:06 PM »

Maybe I should call you later on and wake you up evil evil

Anyway it all sounds so wonderful. Glad it was a success for you all.
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« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2010, 09:54:42 PM »

Maybe I should call you later on and wake you up evil evil

Anyway it all sounds so wonderful. Glad it was a success for you all.

ZZZZZZZZZ!

Sorry I had my ringer turned off. Smiley

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« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2010, 06:00:15 AM »

Hi All,

As for me I was basically lazy and let everyone I brought into speak do all the work.

Sincerely,
Brendhan


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« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2010, 01:10:46 PM »

Pictures will be coming soon. I did not get many myself but I do know there were some great moments captured.. *Crossing fingers that no one has the ones of me sleeping under the bee truck or the bar pics.
Seriously It was the greatest conference ever. Brendhan, Thank you for organizing such a great event and bringing all these great minded people together. You have created a monster now and I think you already know that.
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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2010, 07:56:11 PM »

I'd like to say that Alan, Dallas and JP are always so kind and supportive on the forum and you know how you never know what people will be like when you actually meet them - well, they are exactly that way in person. 

Dallas is always smiling with a kind word, JP is fantastic in his approach to everything and Alan is wry in his comments.  I enjoyed all of them and wish I could have spent more time with them.  I understand that while I was flying back to Atlanta, they along with Brendhan were closing down the bar as New Orleans was winning the Super Bowl!

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« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2010, 08:55:32 PM »

I proclaim innocence in the act of closing down the bar. As to the four horsemen (Alan, JP, Sam, and Dallas) I take the fifth.

I will admit watching the superbowl with them and screaming a lot of Who Dat?! but after the game let's just say that I don't know the owner personally  but there are others who do.

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« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2010, 11:20:10 PM »

The conference was a complete failure, there was absolutely no fun to be had and all we did was sleep. We had nothing to drink, we like hockey, and have no idea who "Dirty" is, do you?

Details tomorrow, uh, maybe, maybe not.

Here's a few pics (57) http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/OrganicBeekeepingConference2010#


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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2010, 11:24:36 PM »

The conference was a complete failure, there was absolutely no fun to be had and all we did was sleep. We had nothing to drink, we like hockey, and have no idea who "Dirty" is, do you?

Details tomorrow, uh, maybe, maybe not.

Here's a few pics (57) http://picasaweb.google.com/pyxicephalus/OrganicBeekeepingConference2010#


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Hey JP,

Love the pics. Thanks so much. I am glad we were able to just make sure everyone was bored.

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« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2010, 02:23:41 AM »

Great Photos JP - thanks for sharing. Wish I could have been there. It looked like fun.
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« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2010, 09:54:50 AM »

Left my house on Thursday, Feb 4, 1pm (cst) en route to Chunchula, Alabama to pick up Alan Bukley, made it there wanna say right before 4pm.

Alan was to leave his truck at the Smith's house and catch a ride with me. The Smith's were/are nice people and wanted to visit and have a sit down dinner, all the while Dallas is waiting for our butts in Lake City, chomping at the bit, to haul ourselves and some bees down to West Palm Beach, where the conference was held.

That little pit stop only took a mere 2 hrs but something we had to do as it had been a while since Alan & the Smith's had visited.

Alan & I wound up getting to Dallas's place at 2 am, EST and believe it or not, loaded up Dallas's truck and left immediately for West Palm Beach.

Dallas doesn't believe in sealing his hives for transport so every stop along the way was quite interesting, at least to those who weren't accustomed to a few bees flying around while pumping their gas.

We made it to West Palm around 7 am Friday morning and after dropping off the hives we took down (mostly nucs) we stumbled to our motel rooms, showered and crashed for a few hours.

We made it in one piece, even with Dallas's obsession with driving on the white lines on the shoulder of the interstate.

To be continued...


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« Reply #36 on: February 10, 2010, 06:26:52 PM »

Loaded up and ready to drive from Lake City Florida to West Palm Beach: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kHJf4K8oRfibpXBt-ODeCw?feat=directlink

Lookin' a little grumpy right after unloading boxes and a marathon night and morning of driving: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-0ktZSatoCX1ys6ycQU7Fw?feat=directlink

Friday night at Tappers: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ADRGu4a2T8ygz_Oy4QLVdQ?feat=directlink

Alan grafting: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rqMnbo4AMG_y7ZKwB31taQ?feat=directlink

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« Reply #37 on: February 10, 2010, 06:38:31 PM »

Sam the man Comfort talking TBHs: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/am_0tvcqyjckuH9D8juwRA?feat=directlink

"Outlaw" beekeeping at its finest: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/VHXMl-UdJhxmfcQ8Eh-Elg?feat=directlink

Linda "Tillie" doing her thang: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o0-4kT4wULkEEgVGh3KOgA?feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Y0xZf_U_N5kykK-5_kgpuw?feat=directlink

Folks, Linda is the most adorable little woman you ever wanna meet, her enthusiasm is infectious!

This is a cut-out we did in a cabinet drawer pulled from Brendhan's beeyard. The bees were very gentle and built beautiful comb sections: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Y689m9yFZzE0HnMVBNKizA?feat=directlink

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« Reply #38 on: February 10, 2010, 07:08:48 PM »

Sunday night we watched the Superbowl in a sports bar called "The Brass Monkey" Can you say "Who Dat!"



Hey Dallas, "Do you know who I am?"  afro

Monday we checked out and headed over to Sam's pad. It was all chill, even hit the beach some: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3hclJf2Ww7JTveJXB1jLKg?feat=directlink

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Monday night, saying our goodbyes, "bunch of outlaws" http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/189FThGu5Fo2nKUn_Cgxbg?feat=directlink

The conference was a complete success, Brendhan did a fantastic job pulling it all together. We all had an outstanding time, made new friends and gained a ton of memories & made it back in one piece. What more can you ask for?


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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2010, 07:41:37 AM »

Well I would like to give a sincere thank you for putting this on Brendhan, Peggy and I had a great time! Alan, Dallas, Sam, and Jp are a great bunch of experts to hang with and Linda's presentations got Peggy really excited about creating possible cash flow from hive products we normally don't take advantage of. My only regret was not hangin' in long enough Sat. night to grab some of that dog that bit Dallas so bad grin.

I'm planning on using Alan's suggestions for my next queen rearing this weekend. I was really interested in the queenless/broodless starter/finisher that he recommended.

Sam seems to be the ultimate top bar beek and his passion has me convinced to finally try one for myself. I hope I can do right by him.

Dallas, what can I say...you're right where I'd like to be in a year or two. I plan on using your gained knowledge to make it a smooth journey...and yes, I'll be coming up for a visit soon, I don't even mind working hives for beer grin

And of course JP. Anyone that does the occasional cut-out or swarm capture has to admire a man that does hundreds every year! (yeah, he's kinda my hero).

Looking forward to Bud's this year!

Thanks again,
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