Over the last few years there has been a huge decline in bee numbers, no doubt partly due to local bee keeper moving away. There are a number of bumble bees in early spring but not many of any others.
August 2103; when the bee population has gathered momentum.
The larger bodies of bumblebees allow them to generate more heat so they can fly earlier and later in the day and in colder weather than most bee species, including honeybees.
Many species have been in decline in recent years, with two - Cullem's bumblebee and the Short-haired bumblebee - going extinct in the UK this century.
August 2103; A bumble bee and friend.
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Usage Diary | Update on Strimmer Head: Comment 3
On Monday the 6th July I called around making enquiries about a brush-cutter. I knew Bennett's in Tavistock, a Husqvarna dealer, as I bought a chainsaw there last year, but they didn't have a model close to the ones I had viewed on-line. I fancied Husqvarna as that was the only powered landscaping tool I've used. However I wasn't that happy with Bennett's and not finding a suitable number to to call Husqvarna directly, some 0843 number, I called Stihl's head office. Bennett's did recommend a Makita or something but that just put me off them more.
I had hoped to buy a battery powered brushcutter, but even with a battery pack costing some £800 the best of them didn't seem powerful enough and Stihl hadn't released the model in the UK yet.
Locally there's 'Cornwall Farmers' re-branded 'Patch and Acre' in Tavistock. I spoke to Alex there and he said the most powerful model they stocked is the Stihl FS100, 31cc and weighing 5.8Kg. I was thinking of a 45cc engine size as I'm familiar with that sort of power on the chain saw.
I had spoken to Bennett, Stihl and others to ask about a backpack version, in the 55cc range and weighing some 12kg. However most said such are difficult to handle and only recommend where other versions couldn't be used, as in narrow ditches etc. Alex gave my number to Ian Dennis, a mobile distributor for machines that Stihl insist should be introduced to new users for safety reasons. Contrary to Stihl's promise that someone would bring a demo back pack to Tavistock for me to try, Ian said he would only bring the model I actually order.
Ian talked of a range which had special anti vibration mountings and suggested the FS360 at 37cc and weighing 8.5Kg. He also said that the FS410 was a better buy, with a 41cc engine and only £40 more.
So feeling let down about what I could view and weight wise, get a feel of, I looked on-line and noticed that the FS 360, 410 and 460 all weighed the same. As the power to weight ratio was the best in the FS 460 (45.6cc at 8.5Kg) I settled on that. It was, after all, the engine size I felt comfortable with and there were only two more powerful with increased weights of (9.1Kg and 10.2Kg)
I then called around to see where I could see one before I order, and although there was a Penzance store that was easier to get to I ended up negotiating with Jan Rayner at the Helston store. This meant a two and a half hour journey by train and another hour bus ride with waiting times just to get there. Jan has been an amazing help. I was also speaking to another Stihl dealer in Ivybridge, which is much closer and the same machine was £110 cheaper.
However it was clear that Jan was far more knowledgeable and helpful than anyone at Ivybridge and she did manage to reduce the price by £50.
By now I was checking out the optional accessories. The first thing that struck me as odd was that this powerful tool came with a strimmer line cutter. Stihl grade their machines of this nature as 'Lightweight Strimmers and Brushcutters', 'Petrol Powerful Brushcutters' and' Clearing saws'; the FS460 being in the later group. I still can't quite get over the fact that only the FS460 with a shorter shaft and the largest model FS560 come with bladed cutter.
- Problems with circular saw fitting. Pages: part 7, all 8 and part 9
See also Page 13 for errors in supplied Paper Manual
- Issues around fuel usage and storage. Page 10
- Thrust Washer and Collar Nut. Page 11
- More on fitting the shredder blade. Page 12
- Problems with balancing. Page 14
- Problems with handle attaching after thread wear. Comment 4
- Wear and tear Comment 5
Now Page 2, where the fun begins in earnest:
Waste can define produce that is excess to requirements by the retailer and end user, especially packaging, and by-products of manufacturing they deem have no value.
The term wasteful is used to define the act of producing waste rather than the product and in doing so really refers to the person who is responsible. That the term is used more to state the act as being wasteful rather than the person shows a reticence to confront the whole person. The implication is that if the act is curtailed then the wastefulness goes away.
There is an implied ethical or moral issue around the lack of use of by-products that could be put to good use, or that it is OK to waste things that could only be put to bad use or to use any waste for bad use.
The issue to the user is whether waste can be put to what in their designs is deemed good. To the group the wasteful argument is one of ethics that bind each person to it's support group yet may not be a universal agreement.
There may be a moral use of the word waste but that would not apply to a material product.
Personally I throw away perfectly good food, and some isn't harvested and rots in situ.
Whereas it is true that those who are wanting will see value in the discards of those with abundance there is no moral issue in that either the richer or the poorer have any ethical obligation to each other. A lion may bring down a far greater animal than it is able to consume, and a single apple tree may produce more that the grower chooses to harvest.
The fact is that each of us consumes to the best of our ability and desire. There is no reason to support another competitor by actively providing excess assets.
My experience is that actively growing produce for sale reduces the value of the product as there will be no excess in the notion that I can sell larger quantities at a lower cost, meaning a continually increasing production and greater competition. My choice was to produce a convenient quantity, well beyond my own use and sell what I could term ~ excess.
As monetary gain was not a priority the interaction with other became dominant and so I would give produce away and ask the recipients to return the waste for composting. Increasing, less was returned and understandably no one would come and pick their own produce if I delivered it. So all the excess has now become waste.
If people choose to use their energy complaining about others rather than growing or producing their own consumables and cannot be bothered to collect vegetables and wood that has already been grown and ready to collect then it is they that are wasting an opportunity to use excess produce.
After all there is no such thing as waste just wasteful people, those campaigners and politicians with no moral value that try to get other people to do their dirty work for them and their ethics. They are just consumers in the chain to be consumed, so no waste their either. :)