Quantcast

Bee trees

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

OrchardBees 

New Bee
Joined
Jun 20, 2020
Messages
17
Reaction score
2
Location
East Sussex
Hive Type
14x12
Yes ... I'm up for it ... once this damned virus is out of the way ... I suspect it's going to be next year sometime ... make it somewhere accessible for all and we can have a Dowsing Beekeepers day out ....
Please could I come? I have my own rods ;)
 
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
11,244
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Please could I come? I have my own rods ;)
I reckon so ... I wonder if there's a Guinness Books of Records record for the most dowsing beekeepers in one place ? Too soon to set a date ... We will do something once the season starts next year by which time Covid should be manageable .... I live in hope anyway !
 

jenkinsbrynmair 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 30, 2011
Messages
24,259
Reaction score
1,488
Location
Glanaman,Carmarthenshire,Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Too many - but not nearly enough
I reckon so ... I wonder if there's a Guinness Books of Records record for the most dowsing beekeepers in one place ? Too soon to set a date ... We will do something once the season starts next year by which time Covid should be manageable .... I live in hope anyway !
Careful gents - apart from causing a run on Bollom coathangers, all those rods working in concert could cause a short circuit and start a major disturbance in the force 😁
 

Apple 

Field Bee
Joined
Jan 15, 2014
Messages
858
Reaction score
309
Location
South of Watford
Number of Hives
140
I am please to be as mad as the rest of you.

I can visulise beekeepers lining up for a dowsing 25 meters dash at Harper Adams.
I want handicap scoring in place as I can only hop so fast....

Mytten da
 
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
11,244
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Well ... he does what most naysayers do .. disparages what real dowsers achieve by just peddling the 'hocus pocus' aspect that some people sell and call real dowsing. No self respecting dowser would swing a pendulum over a map ... or claim to be able to do some of the things that the charlatans profess they can do. But there are rogues amongst so called scientists as well ...
 

drex 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
2,677
Reaction score
128
Location
N.E. Essex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
10
I remain open minded, despite what I witnessed a few years ago.
I had a chap from New Zealand staying with me for a few months. Told him I would like to be able to find a drainage pipe under my allotment. He said he dowsed and could find it. He was adamant that he found two.
After he had gone back to NZ I had a dig around and found the pipe about 20 yards from where he said it was. Further exploration of his sites turned up nothing.
 
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
11,244
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
Careful gents - apart from causing a run on Bollom coathangers, all those rods working in concert could cause a short circuit and start a major disturbance in the force 😁
Blimey JBM where have you been for the last 20 years ? ... Bolloms were bought by Sketchley in about 1995 and Sketchley nearly went bust, closed most of their high street units and sold what was left of the brand in 1998 to Mr Minit who was part owned by Sainsbury and Sktechley to all intents and purposes disappeared. Similar story with Johnsons ... the last few years have seen a terminal decline in high street dry cleaners ... most of them are now operating through centralised factory units and the service offered through supermarket concessions like Mr Minit and Timpsons ...

Finding a dry cleaner that still uses wire coat hangers is getting increasingly difficult ... they have mostly converted to those horrible bendy single use plastic things ... it's getting to the stage where I will have to buy fresh stocks from Amazon ...

 

jenkinsbrynmair 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 30, 2011
Messages
24,259
Reaction score
1,488
Location
Glanaman,Carmarthenshire,Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Too many - but not nearly enough
most of them are now operating through centralised factory units and the service offered through supermarket concessions like Mr Minit and Timpsons ...
So back to how they used to operate in the old days - when I was a nipper I never knew you could walk into a shop which exclusively dry cleaned to get your clothes done.
Around with us you either left them at various shops that worked as agents, or someone collected them from you at home and delivered the cleaned items back to you the following week.
 
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
11,244
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
So back to how they used to operate in the old days - when I was a nipper I never knew you could walk into a shop which exclusively dry cleaned to get your clothes done.
Around with us you either left them at various shops that worked as agents, or someone collected them from you at home and delivered the cleaned items back to you the following week.
I spent a couple of years as the Commercial Director of a specialist dry cleaning company in 1991/93 .. we cleaned and refurbished wax jackets, hand made rugs, feather pillows and duvets and our biggest part of the business was cleaning and refurbishing suede and leather garments. With three factories and a satellite in Northern Ireland we operated through the high street multiple and independent dry cleaners ... collecting and delivering to around 3000 units on a weekly basis. One of my first tasks was to rationalise our customer base ... it was clear that the cost of a weekly delivery and collection to most of them didn't even cover the cost of the fuel and labour involved, 80% of the business was in 20% of the outlets. The writing was on the wall in those days for high street dry cleaners ..the banning of CFC's crucified a lot of the independents and the major multiples started looking at why they needed shops with a dry cleaning machine on site and started centralising. The model that had worked for nearly 40 years was no longer viable ... and I'd predict that the change is not over yet.
 

Apple 

Field Bee
Joined
Jan 15, 2014
Messages
858
Reaction score
309
Location
South of Watford
Number of Hives
140
I spent a couple of years as the Commercial Director of a specialist dry cleaning company in 1991/93 .. we cleaned and refurbished wax jackets, hand made rugs, feather pillows and duvets and our biggest part of the business was cleaning and refurbishing suede and leather garments. With three factories and a satellite in Northern Ireland we operated through the high street multiple and independent dry cleaners ... collecting and delivering to around 3000 units on a weekly basis. One of my first tasks was to rationalise our customer base ... it was clear that the cost of a weekly delivery and collection to most of them didn't even cover the cost of the fuel and labour involved, 80% of the business was in 20% of the outlets. The writing was on the wall in those days for high street dry cleaners ..the banning of CFC's crucified a lot of the independents and the major multiples started looking at why they needed shops with a dry cleaning machine on site and started centralising. The model that had worked for nearly 40 years was no longer viable ... and I'd predict that the change is not over yet.
You were the one who created the Ozone Hole?
My Gran said " only dirty people wash", but I still take a bath once a year weather I need it or not!!
Its raining!!!!

Yeghes da
 

derekm 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jun 18, 2011
Messages
6,060
Reaction score
80
Location
xyz
Hive Type
national
well I wont bother you with my new fangled Magick of making energy and water appear from air and how the mystical bees make honey.
 
Joined
Oct 16, 2012
Messages
11,244
Reaction score
1,063
Location
Fareham, Hampshire UK
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
6
You were the one who created the Ozone Hole?
My Gran said " only dirty people wash", but I still take a bath once a year weather I need it or not!!
Its raining!!!!

Yeghes da
No... the machines we used were already converted from ozone depleting CFC's to HFC's which are far less depletive but we also added a Swiss invention which recovered 98% of the HFC's we used (unlike the old CFC cheap machines which simply vented the stuff to the atmosphere). So whilst I can be blamed in part for spending most of my life trying to destroy the planet I can't be blamed for the hole in the Osone layer..

And I never liked aerosols either so I didn't use them ....
 

jenkinsbrynmair 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 30, 2011
Messages
24,259
Reaction score
1,488
Location
Glanaman,Carmarthenshire,Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Too many - but not nearly enough
And I never liked aerosols either so I didn't use them ....
Reminds me of the story of a man who went into Boots looking for some deodorant 'Ball or aerosol?' asked the shop assistant
'Neither, it's for my armpits!'​
 

Newbeeneil 

Drone Bee
Joined
Jan 1, 2018
Messages
1,320
Reaction score
237
Location
Sussex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
40 plus 19 that I maintain for clients.
I reckon so ... I wonder if there's a Guinness Books of Records record for the most dowsing beekeepers in one place ? Too soon to set a date ... We will do something once the season starts next year by which time Covid should be manageable .... I live in hope anyway !
I must say that this get together should be interesting, a gaggle of grown men stood in the middle of a field playing with their rods! :D
 

Mark Scarlet 

New Bee
Joined
Jun 5, 2020
Messages
7
Reaction score
17
Location
Elsham
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9
I am a motorcyclist as well. Grown men gathering at a tea shop near a wood talking about lubrication.
 

The Poot 

House Bee
Joined
Feb 15, 2015
Messages
225
Reaction score
176
Location
Dorset
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
4
I was at Old Sarum a few weekends ago ... really spooky place when you consider the past history of that whole area around the plain and stonehenge ... I wonder if they would let us dowse around the stones at the equinox ?
It might just fix the grand solar minimum, who knows?
(apologies to Karol)
 

jenkinsbrynmair 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 30, 2011
Messages
24,259
Reaction score
1,488
Location
Glanaman,Carmarthenshire,Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Too many - but not nearly enough
It might just fix the grand solar minimum, who knows?
[/QUOTE]
I did that last week - amazing what a squirt of WD40 and some gaffer tape will do - and don't worry, I wore the correct PPE at all times, my magic crystal amulet and my trusty tinfoil helmet 😁
 

Latest posts

Top