All the information you need about recent developments from The Apiary can be found here, whether it be new products coming online, updates on our existing certified organic New Zealand honey, natural skincare treatment or health food ranges, or more specific news about best practices and our aim to be ever more sustainable in how we run our business.

Halloween Week: Beware Zombees!

To celebrate Halloween and get in that spooky mood, we’ll be sharing a couple of posts this week about all kinds of scary goings on and how they relate to bees and honey. This week, it’s Halloween costume time!

Halloween isn’t hugely popular here in New Zealand, which is a shame. Many see it as more of an American tradition, and sure enough they can go absolutely nuts for it. Minnesota Timberwolves For me, it’s the versatility of the holiday that I find so appealing; you can celebrate it by carving up a pumpkin, watching some scary movies, or simply scoring free sweets off the neighbours. Another massively popular thing to do is dress up and go to a Halloween costume party.

We’ll get to some of the more bizarre bee-related costumes you can try out while scaring the night away, but first I thought I’d share some amazing t-shirt designs I’ve found recently, all to do with what is now my favourite new word, Zombees!

A cute design by panda3y3 after their daughter came up with the idea. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames grijs Perfect for your own little zombee this Halloween.
A pretty slick looking design from LucyDynamite warning us of the impending invasion of the zombees!
A nice use of letters and images in the rebus style to create a pretty snazzy little tee from bungeecow.
This one’s a personal favourite, the gormless look on the zombee’s face coupled with the wonderfully gruesome exposed brains make this design from Ely Prosser a winner.
Cute and horrible all at the same time. The purple and green make this zombee look truly undead. New Balance 993 damskie Nice work from designsalive.
Last but not least a great design that evokes those wonderfully bad B-movie horrors from the 50s. Zombee Madness!!! indeed from sadmachine.

If you’ve ever been to a Halloween fancy dress party, then you’ve probably seen someone wearing a bee costume. Hey, if it’s good enough for Beyonce then it’s good enough for us common folk. Usually you’ll get two types of people who wear bee costumes; either the “crazay” guy who dresses like a fat bee and bounces into you all night, or the girl trying to look sexy in her black and yellow striped stockings and short black and yellow corset/miniskirt combination. Both are pretty boring, so I thought we’d have a look at some more “imaginative” bee costumes we bedeck ourselves or others out in. First off…

Kids

As we all know, the best thing about being a parent is dressing your kids in the most ludicrous clothes you can find to make them look utterly ridiculous, then sitting back and laughing at them as they look dumb-founded as to why you’re laughing. There are only a few short years you can do this for before they’re old enough to realise they’re being made fools of for your amusement.

I’ve noticed that the problem with many of the bee costumes you see is that our silly old human legs get in the way. Asics Gel Lyte 5 damskie A bee costume can look great but the effect is somewhat ruined by two big legs sticking out the bottom of it and making it look like a bizarre humanoid bee on stilts. Thankfully this is where babies come in. chaussures de foot umbro Since they don’t really need their legs for the first year or so, you’ve only got one Halloween with which to dress them up as the most authentic bee a human can muster. May we present some offerings…

This little guy is cute, and he’s totally rocking this bee costume, with a little flower just to bump up the cuteness or maybe make some kind of statement about the importance pollination. Either way he’s a little too cute, so much so that he looks more cute than he does ridiculous. That’ll never do, time to move on.

That’s more like it. Ill-fitting clothes are always the first port of call when making your child look ridiculous, and the fact that he looks like he’s actually being swallowed by the bee costume rather than wearing it really adds to the overall effect.

The face says it all. Crocheting was a bold choice, and it’s made this poor little guy look like one of those toilet roll dolls. adidas gazelle hombre Even his antennae are sad.

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Ok so they’ve reneged on covering up the legs, which should rule them out of this list, but it was just too ridiculous not to include. I mean come on, who in their right mind would dress their kid up like this? I like to make my kid look silly as much as the next parent, but this is just cruel.

What The..?

Some Halloween costumes have a ridiculous amount of thought and energy put into them, and those that are pulled off are always greatly appreciated. The creativity some people show with an original idea brilliantly executed can be quite staggering. Then you get these guys, who make you stop and stare just as much, but for very different reasons…

Oh. adidas zx 700 mujer OH. Oh right! You’re a bee and a B! That’s genius. Canotte Cleveland Cavaliers Also you’re wielding a machete! Because why not.

This guy has never been familiar with the word subtle. Gone is the attempt at looking like both a bee and the letter B, and in its place are lazy fake muscles. Not to be outdone by our previous effort’s machete, this bee will slaughter us with a chainsaw because WHY NOT!

I don’t know what it is – maybe it’s the dead lifeless eyes and raised eyebrows staring into our souls. Perhaps it’s the creepy frozen smile. Or maybe it’s the bizarre and mutant duck feet that make this costume utter nightmare fuel. If you saw this freakish bee-duck apparition standing around smiling at everyone at a Halloween Party, don’t tell me you wouldn’t be freaked out.

Animals

That’s right, people even go so far as getting their animals in on the action. New Balance 574 Pas Cher It makes a weird kind of sense really. You can only dress your kids in a ridiculous bee get-up for so long, but with animals you can do it every Halloween, or every day if you’re completely insane. May we present some of the greatest attempts from around the interwebs…

I think this is a dog, maybe? It could just as easily be a baby Wookie, but whatever it is, it’s looking mighty suspicious of being forced to look like a bee.

If you’re going to dress a cat up as anything, let alone as a bee, then you can’t expect any other look on its face than this.

This little guy looks like he has already formulated his plan for getting revenge on his owner. Rats are wily at the best of times, but a rat dressed as a bee is downright vengeful.

Ok this guy is great. Anyone who has guinea pigs (and are so inclined) knows that they are the best animals to put little clothes and little hats on. This great effort has gone even further, because it’s the little glasses that really tie the whole look together, and elevate this guinea pig to looking like some kind of well-read guinea-bee librarian.

But for every superb guinea pig dressed as a bee, there are about six depressed dogs dressed as bees. This poor little guy looks like he has given up all hope of revenge on his owner, and is simply crying out for help through those sad and dejected eyes.

The 15% Off Everything Grand Opening Sale Is Nearly Over!

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But why I’m really posting it to remind you there are only three days left of our 15% Off Everything Grand Opening Sale. fjallraven kanken sale Many of you have already taken advantage of it and we hope you’re loving the products. Nike Air Force 180 Mid For those of you who haven’t, if you have been thinking of spending your hard earned cash at The Apiary then now’s the time to do it as you’ll get 15% off all items purchased.

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Homemade Honey Mustard In A Hurry

<span style="font-family: georgia, Air Jordan 9 palatino;”>The great thing about honey mustard sauce is that it is so versatile. Anything that works equally well as a dipping sauce for some homemade chips or burgers, or as an accompaniment to a more substantial gourmet meal is the perfect thing to have on hand when you’re hungry.

This quick little recipe will take you no time at all to throw together,

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    1/2 cup of Dijon mustard

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    What’s Wrong With Your Chicken? And Other Animal Related Stories Part 1

    It was a Friday evening, goedkoop nike air max 2016 I’d been looking after some chickens for a friend who had gone overseas for a while and everything had been smooth sailing until someone pointed out that one of my charges, Amy, was looking a bit under the weather.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Case Keenum – Houston Cougars palatino;”>I’ve never kept chickens before and only know the basics, my friend could not be contacted and all the vets in the area were off until Monday. Google was of little help as all of Amy’s symptoms were pretty common to every bird illness known to humankind. Maglie Atlanta Hawks Lethargy, not eating, Nike buty drinking or preening and refusing to move. She wasn’t egg bound, her crop was fine but by the next morning she looked even more miserable. What to do? The only thing I could think of was watering down some New Dawn and figuring out how to syringe feed a grumpy bird. nike air max 2017 femme noir For many years New Dawn has been our go-to treatment when people aren’t feeling well so I figured it was worth a shot with a chicken.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Maglie Miami Heat palatino;”>Once you get past the initial challenge of wrangling a bird, Canotte Atlanta Hawks a syringe, a beak attached to said grumpy bird and some sticky spillage it’s easy enough to treat a chicken with honey water.

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  • After day one of the New Dawn trial Amy had stopped getting worse and looked brighter, billig nike air max by the end of day two she was at least trying to fight me off which was a good sign, and by Monday morning she was up and out of her box, and eating with the other chickens as if nothing had happened – And I no longer had to hand feed and wash down a chicken three times a day! She was now back to her normal self and giving the other hens a rough time over her favourite water feeder, hooray!

    So I still have no idea what was wrong with her or how exactly the New Dawn helped but I can say for sure that if you have a sick animal and no access to a vet then it’s worth a go. It has natural antibacterial properties and can help our immune systems so it makes sense for it to do the same for animals too – the boost of sugar probably helps as well.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Air Jordan 2 Retro palatino;”>In Part 2 of our Animal Related Stories I’ll be talking about a gorgeous ex shelter cat that had been given a week to live and is still going strong much to the amazement of his vet and delight of his new owner!

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    Spring Has Sprung!

    Spring is well and truly here. The daffodils are out and the lawnmower is getting worked overtime. In keeping with the theme of new life, we at Davidson’s Apiaries are absolutely chuffed to welcome another addition to our extended clan. sac kanken pas cher Rosalind River is a happy and healthy little cherub who was safely delivered only a few short weeks ago.

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    <span style="font-family: georgia, Fjallraven Kanken Large palatino;”>In celebration of her arrival, Canotte Detroit Pistons we at The Apiary are giving all our customers the opportunity to enjoy something Rosalind has already benefited from. In her first few days she was suffering a bit of nappy rash, but with a daily application of our Infant Skin Care after every other nappy change, the redness is gone and she’s back to being a bouncy little thing, without it making a reappearance.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, air max 2017 goedkoop palatino;”>So if you spend over $40 at The Apiary then we’ll throw in a sample jar of the infant range in with your order so your own little poppet can benefit from its soothing formula on red or otherwise itchy bums (or anywhere else for that matter).

    Also, since it is Spring, gardens will be blossoming in full colour soon, if they haven’t already done so. So expect to see more honey bees frequenting your own patch. In conjunction with this increased traffic, fjällräven kånken Laptop 15 we”ll soon be posting about organic, nike air max pas cher bee-friendly insect sprays you can use on your flowers and veges, as well as what plants to have in your garden that will attract our beloved pollinators. soldes air max 1 So keep an eye on the blog for handy tips and advice on having a healthy and thriving garden, nike air max 2016 blauw and get out there and enjoy the sun!

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    Recipe: The Honey Garlic Natural Sore Throat Remedy

    As you may or may not know, garlic is a powerful immune-booster. Nike Air Lebron 13 Ep It is very effective against nasty bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Honey, especially that of the raw and unheated variety, also has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, so when you combine the two, you’ve got a great aid to help you fight sore throats, colds or the flu.

    To be most effective as an antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal, though, garlic needs to be eaten raw and in rather large quantities. This is tough for most of us.

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    So here’s a tip: when infused in honey, raw garlic becomes far more palatable. adidas cloudfoam hombre Yummy even. It is a great idea to keep a jar of this on hand at all times. Maglie Los Angeles Lakers At the first sign of a sore throat (or a cold or the flu), start popping your honey infused garlic and if you can, try to eat one clove every hour or two all day long.

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    So make up a jar of this and keep it in your fridge and you’ll be all set for next winter (or the next time you get sick). The garlic is ready to eat after a few days but tastes much better when it has hung out in the honey for a few months. 2017 asics pas cher Try to replace the garlic cloves with fresh ones whenever you’ve taken some out for use, so that the jar remains pretty much full at all times.

    Ingredients:

    Directions:

    1. Fill jar with unpeeled garlic cloves and then pour the honey over the garlic. Under Armour UA Curry 2 Allow mixture to infuse for at least several days before using, then store in the refrigerator where it will keep for a year or more.

    2. asics femme At the first sign of illness, start eating a clove every hour or two. Aim for about 6 cloves per day. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood The honey can be taken on its own by the spoonful as a cough syrup. You could also mix a teaspoon of the honey with some raw apple cider vinegar and hot water and drink this as a tonic when you’re sick; feel free to add a dash of cayenne pepper, too- this is excellent for your sinuses.

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    Recipe: Homemade Honey Peach Frozen Yoghurt

    Summer is just around the corner here, and while frozen yoghurt can be full of hidden calories and strange ingredients, this homemade fro-yo is healthy and easy to make. Just put frozen peaches, a little honey, some vanilla, a pinch of salt, and your favorite kind of yoghurt in a food processor,

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  • blend, and in a few minutes you’ll have thick, creamy homemade frozen yoghurt. Dress it up with a sprinkle of granola for breakfast or a drizzle of strawberry sauce for a low-fat dessert.

    Preparation:

    To freeze fresh peach slices, arrange them on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container and store for up to 1 month.

    Ingredients:

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    1. Place the peaches in a blender and drizzle with the warm honey. New Balance 993 damskie Add the yoghurt, vanilla, New Balance 515 mujer and a pinch of salt. Process until smooth, nike tn femme stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender with a spatula at least once, about 1 minute total.
    2. <span style="font-family: georgia, Goedkoopste Nike Air Max 2017 palatino;”>Serve immediately or transfer to a container with a tightfitting lid and freeze for up to 1 month.

    Perfect for what is shaping up to be a lovely Summer!

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    Quick Tip: Crystallised Honey

    It may seem like a very simple and obvious thing to say, but you’d be surprised at just how much honey is thrown out when it’s perfectly edible. Some people mistakenly think that because honey has crystallised it has somehow gone off but this couldn’t be further from the truth. So what is actually happening when honey crystallises and what can be done about it?

    There are a few reasons why honey can crystallise, but the most common ones likely to affect the honey in your kitchen are moisture content and temperature.

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  • To put it simply, honey is basically a concoction of sugar and a little water, and such a low moisture environment discourages bacteria from growing (which is the key to its longevity as we recently posted). Goedkoop Nike Air Max 2017 However, such a dry environment means crystallisation is likely to occur.

    If honey is stored in a very warm environment, it will generally take longer for the process to occur, however the honey may not retain all of its original goodness for as long. But stored in slightly too cool an environment and crystallisation will begin much sooner. Boston Celtics The ideal temperature to store honey is generally considered to be around 21°C (70°F).

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  • Since honey normally exists below its melting point, it is a supercooled liquid, and at very low temperatures, honey will not freeze solid. Instead, as the temperatures become colder, the viscosity of honey increases, and below 5°C (41°F), the honey will not crystallise at all, so the original texture and flavor can be preserved indefinitely. Soldes Chaussures Asics Even shaking the honey can affect the crystallisation process, with crystal nuclei (seeds) tending to form more readily if the honey is disturbed rather than if left at rest.

    So is crystallisation bad for honey? Basically, no. Jarrett Lee – LSU Tigers In fact honey producers, The Apiary included, need to crystallise some of our honey in order to create products like our Creamed Clover Honey. New Balance 997 damskie It’s done by using a method of controlled crystallization, whereby honey is alternately cooled and heated in order to produce that rich and creamy honey you’re probably more likely to have on your toast. adidas yeezy boost 350 hombre Our Raw and Unheated Honey is unprocessed and so in its natural state remains perfectly runny and yummy, but if left in too cool a place will begin to crystallise, however fear not as it’s still perfectly enjoyable.

    If you open your larder one day and find that your honey has crystallised, there are a few things you can do.

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  • First off, you could try using it as an even simpler facial mask recipe idea than our three recipe facial mask we mentioned recently; the crystals will help with exfoliation and the anti-bacterial properties of the honey will soothe the skin.

    But really, honey is best enjoyed when eaten, so if you want it reverted back to its natural runny state then you can either place the jar in a bowl of hot water for five to ten minutes, or for an even quicker solution, pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Note, one other benefit to using glass jars, as well as their upcycling potential, is that it rules out any possibility of anything leaching out of a plastic container into your food when microwaved, albeit a very small possibility.

    Here’s another handy tip we’ve found on our many years of enjoying honey, for those of us who like it in our tea or coffee instead of sugar. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit If you’re down to the last of your honey then simply pour in some of the hot water you’re going to use for your cuppa into the jar. Pop the lid on, give it a good shake, then pour it out into your tea. It’s an easy way to both rinse out your jar while wasting as little honey as possible.

    Farewell to Our Manager and Founder of Apis Mellifera Robert Davidson

    We at The Apiary are sad to say that my Grandfather Mr Davidson passed away on 27th July at the ripe old age of 82, new balance store buenos aires he had surprised doctors countless times for living as long as he did with terminal cancer (something to do with smoking since the age of 16 I think) but he finally went peacefully with his family at his side in Timaru.

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  • palatino;”>Mr Davidson was a typical genius if there is such a thing; always full of new ideas schemes to rope people into, all in the name of science, Nike Air Max 2017 Dames zwart curiosity and discovery. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are lucky enough to be left with this legacy of curiosity and the insatiable need to tinker with things, observe, Canotta Charlotte Hornets improve upon, and challenge the status quo.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Canotte Selección de USA palatino;”>He was also a man full of stories about his time as a deer culler in the mountains of the South Island of NZ, the adventures he got up to and near misses that only a level headed man of his intelligence could have found a way through in many cases. I’ve no doubt this has contributed a lot to the tendency of his descendents to look at a dangerous or challenging situation and approach it more as a problem to be solved than something to be afraid of or avoided.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, Goedkope Nike Air Max 90 palatino;”>Many adventures and interesting times have certainly been had as a result of the inspirational nature and endless curiosity of Mr Davidson and he will definitely be missed by those who knew him.

    Attending his funeral on Wednesday also brought home just how many people in the community here are so thankful for his work in developing the health care range we sell, with many coming to show their appreciation for his friendly and forthcoming nature while they were going through difficult times, and for the products they believed helped them to overcome their illnesses.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, nike air max pas cher palatino;”>Everyone who knew Mr Robert Davidson will have something deeply personal and unique to keep with them after his passing and he will certainly not be forgotten by friends, Stephen Piscotty Jersey family, colleagues or customers. If you have a memory of Robert or a story of your own then we’d love to hear it, nike air max 2017 femme blanche so feel free to get in touch and share your thoughts on our departed proprietor.

    <span style="font-family: georgia, New Balance 997 damskie palatino;”>So here’s to Robert, a remarkable man who’s just starting out on the next great adventure!

    ~Mrs B

     

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    Welcome To The 15% Off Everything Grand Opening Sale!

    As well as coming up with a snappy and in no way cumbersome promotion title, we’re offering you 15% off every item purchased with us until the end of September*.

    It’s as a way of rewarding your efforts in finding us on the web. If you want great tasting organic honey the way it used to be made, healthy honey-based foods that are not only delicious but good for your body and mind too, and natural skincare that sooths and protects the skin without the need for any nasty chemicals, then you’ve come to the right place.

    Hurry though, the sale won’t last forever. You have until the end of September to get your 15% off whatever items you buy, but it can be used as many times as you like until then, so feel free to keep coming back!

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