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7th-Feb-2006 11:51 pm
and the tale of years of beekeeping lies before you.

all my wax to date (aside from the approx 2 large blocks i have previously consumed). I've been hording this stuff, convinced that as it made our medjeeval Beocurl a rich bastard, so it would me.  a Ross Eddington guy, in a TI article, says, "in 1417in Norwich, one and a half pounds of wax sold for 55 shillings"  that's aprrox 2.3 shilling per ounce of wax!

below is my (approx) ounce of wax. this is directly equal to (in 1403 Cambrige honey value -footnote1 ) 1 gallon of honey! a lot of expense for a pretty small candle.

but to take this further below is as per the times i have extracted then melted down. you'll notice that the amount has decresed the second last one is only 4 weeks old, is cappings only, but only a little less than my very first block. not bad. the final block is a tradgedy which i admit to beeing a neglectful beekeeper. it is a hive i attempted to artifically swarm, which ended in being waxmothed to death. i simply left it alone and understrength too long. i am very sad over this (but i got a buttload of wax, before the moth did :).

the above is 137oz of wax. by my above calculations i should be worth 314 shilling! cough up someone. (anyone any idea of shilling to pound conversion, and then = modern dollars?)

they are all melted into 1L milk cartons.

vikingrose says this below shot is very "Piet Mondrian"  and that "there are people who care"

1 Edding, R., The Use of bees and the practice of beekeeping in Medieval times Tournaments Illuminated, Issue 108, Fall 1993
7th-Feb-2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Very interesting.

Sorry to hear about the wax moth. I had to look up what a wax moth is and does and it sounds nasty.

That is a lot of beeswax - any idea what causes the different colors? It is really cool to look at - thanks for sharing.
7th-Feb-2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
colours are caused by honey in the wax, pollen, the type of wax the bees made, how badly i strained it when i was filtering out the junk...

i've got a coupla recipes i am about to try for different colours (medjeeval of course), so standby for them! :)
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7th-Feb-2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
hahaha COOL! :)

there's my new house!
7th-Feb-2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
using eh.net i get :

In 2004, £6 14s 0d from 1417 is worth:

work your compony interest on THAT ;)
8th-Feb-2006 11:29 am (UTC)
It all just looks like blocks of cheese to me. Heheh.
8th-Feb-2006 12:02 pm (UTC)

there was an advert in the frankston local rag, it's "position availble, trainee cheesemaker" !!!!

u had to send a resume AND a short letter explain why you want to be a cheese maker...

can you imagine:

"Dear Sir,

I have always been fascinated by cheese and the process require to blend the smoothness into a good crisp Australian Tasty. When I encounter, at the tender age of 3 months, my first Bree, i became so enraptured i realised my lifes calling.

Please let me have the honour to become your trainee cheesemaker.

Yours faithfully,"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - anyway i thought of you.
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