another beautiful day in Woodford... taking my grandsons to the movies to see Nanny McPhee. popcorn for me & lollies for them. then lunch with dutch husband. who might I add, turned up on his Harley, exciting Jack [age 7] no end.
then home to tidy up for an expected viewer [who cancelled at the last minute]...that was my day.
but on closer inspection.. I did notice flocks of finches flitting in the plum trees, through the vegetable garden and up into the apple tree. their tweeting making me lift my head from the task of hanging the washing out. magpies sticking their beaks into the grass to catch a worm or snail. apple leaves fluttering to the ground in their autumn undress. and bees, oh the bees.. lazily snuggling into the thai basil, the nasturtiums and borage. that lazy, autumn, fuzzy, snuggling that only happy bees can do... bees are in abundance in my garden.. but I have read that they are threatened in other parts of the world. sprays perhaps? or the mobile towers that seem to dot the worlds surface, everywhere.. or a virus? no matter what it is... a world without bees is a world without honey.
[an unused beehive in my garden. I was going to leave it here at Inglewood but have decided to take it with me. I have many unused objects in my garden, just for decoration. take the chandelier that I have hanging in the chicken house for instance. purely for decoration]
so, just what can we do to encourage bees into our gardens? plant a bee garden. a garden full of flowers that bees love: blue is a colour that bees adore so borage is perfect. lavender and thyme. citrus trees and flowering herbs. clove pinks and lemon balm. just to name a few.
but most important is to stop spraying. It breaks my heart to know that people still consider spraying bees.
[other things: I don't like the taste of nettle tea, oatstraw is actually nice. the hot foot-baths: still not sure if they work yet but I will keep trying. I have a bubble of excitement in my solar plexus area and I don't know why.. life has something exciting instore for me..I love my life. I am happy]