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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

B IS FOR?
BEES ! ~ 
"The only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee...The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey....and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it." 
~ Winnie the Pooh in A.A. Milne's 'The House at Pooh Corner'

The atmosphere has been positively buzzing at the allotment this last week with the arrival of a bevy of bees - approximately 20,000 of them. These busy creatures were out and about in bright sunshine on Saturday afternoon so hence not a particularly brilliant photo.

Three plotholders have taken courses in beekeeping via the British Beekeepers Association and now with the council's approval, have located two hives on the allotment site. The hives are situated in a closed off area at one end of the allotment which is going to be especially landscaped for them with a pond, wildflower area and other planting to get them off to the very best start.

The bees can fly up to five kilometres from the hives so there is a chance that I may well see some of them flying about in my garden. Next year hopefully we can look forward to munching bread, butter and some beautiful local honey.

Be prepared to be bewitched and bewildered by the letter B over at ABC Wednesday.


14 comments:

  1. I'm sure you'll see them flying about in your garden soon, but as Pooh also said "you can never tell with bees"!

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  2. Bees are SO important to the ecosystem!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  3. I love bumblebees, but not so happy when their relatives (aka wasps, hornets) come a'calling. :D

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  4. We have lost a lot of bees in our area. I had to manually pollinate my veggie garden because there were no bees in sight. Makes me worry. Honey is a marvellous by product of bees, but pollination is what they are really good at.

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  5. I've always love the logic and wisdom of Winnie the Pooh.

    And I do love my honey!!! With peanut butter, in my tea, on my toast, on my finger when no one is looking!

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  6. Ah...there's nothing like the taste of fresh honey on warm, crusty bread. Honey has so many uses...my wife puts it on her face as a mask, she uses it as a sweetener in baking, she puts it in her own BBQ sauce and it's also good for cuts and burns.

    My "B" is here -
    Blissful Memories

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  7. How wonderful! And beneficial.

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  8. Love the Pooh quote and bees are so fascinating. I hope some wonderful honey is gotten from them.

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  9. We have a few bees round here - but, sadly there are more wasps - and I don't like wasps.

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  10. How wonderful. There'll be no problem getting your veggies pollinated now.

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  11. I'm so excited for you! When the suburban veg plot relocates to the suburban smallholding, I would love to get a hive or two. Thankfully there seem to be plenty of bees around here still.

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  12. What a lovely idea and so handy for pollination on the allotments and in nearby gardens. Bees need all the help they can get.

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  13. a great Bee post Anna and plant related too! I like the sound of the hive area - the buzz and the description. Beneficial indeed for your allotment

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  14. Wonderful! The honey will be superb, I'll bet!

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Namasté

- Anna.