Author Archives: rurikia

The Art of BEEing: On approach

My bees seem to like catnip…  Lucky (maybe) for me it’s become established in a difficult corner of the garden which isn’t of much use except for feeding bees and catching some incredible back lighting.  

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The Art of BEEing: Of smells and summer

In mid April I left for a business trip to China (punctuated by the bees swarming the day before I left) and when I got home 3 weeks later the last vestiges of spring had turned to summer in the … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Dial “Up-Dux” Ceiling to Attic vent

In the California desert there are two primary ways to cool down a house: closed loop air conditioning and open loop swamp cooling.  A central air conditioning unit works by using electricity to compress a refrigerant fluid, typically outside the … Continue reading

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Stations along my tea journey

I began drinking tea at some indefinable moment in my youth. Iced tea (unsweetened) was a staple beverage in our household, quite often made as “sun tea” in the warmer months by putting a 2 or 3 gallon glass jar … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puer Tea

Puer Tea Zhang, Jinghong University of Washington Press, 2013 I had heard about and occasionally tasted puer tea (also pu-erh), but I was interested in learning more about it, particularly after having had a very good one while recently in … Continue reading

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The Art of BEEing: The China Feeder

Recently I was in China on a business trip and happened to come across another beekeeper in the office there. He no longer had any bees of his own since he was living in an urban apartment, but he had … Continue reading

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Book Review: The China Tea Book

The China Tea Book Jialin, Luo Earthaware Editions, 2012 While in Shanghai I found myself in an international bookstore browsing the selection of books on tea in either of the languages I can read.  I found several, but none of … Continue reading

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