2018 is the year that the spotlight was turned to the Bee species. David Attenborogh In June claimed that if you saw a tired looking bee, to simply mixture a solution of sugar and water. It captured the nation's imaginations and hundreds of pictures all over the country of people spoon feeding bees followed. A few days later it was claimed to be a hoax, but I don't know about anyone else, my garden has had a lot more visitors since having a little pond of solution for them.
This is our bee pond. I simply put a little clay pot plate on top of the soil in one of our climbing rose plants. I mixed a solution of sugar and water and left it. It is really important that you put a few items like stones in the water as tired bees may need somewhere to stand on to drink.
We know now that bees are dying by the thousands and scientists are still trying to figure out why. But what we do know is that if they do become extinct the vegetable and fruit section in our supermarkets will decrease by half. We rely on their pollination badly. Without their pollination our fruit and veg would be smaller and the quality very poor.
Did you know that honey is the only food on Earth that has all the substances in it to sustain life. That is pretty special!
Bee-History; some facts you didn't know (perhaps...?!)
- Every major religion on Earth regards honey as special or sacred. Bees in Pre-Cloumbian society for example, were regarded as divine keepers of the gods given honey.
- If honey is well contained it will NEVER spoil. The Ancient Egyptians used to include honey in their tombs to sustain them on their journey to the after life. In fact, in 2015 Archeologists found honey in a 3000 year old Egyptian tomb. And guess what? IT WAS EDIBLE! *booom - mind BLOWN*
- Pharaoh Pepy II used to cover a servant entirely with honey and get them to stand near him so insects would be drawn to the honeyed person and not him.
- From records we know that the ancient Mayan Civilisation in South America used to harvest and cultivate honey from a stingless bee.
Educating our Little Feet about the importance of bees is crucial, in fact I have become much more mindful myself. Little Feet A isn't great with insects. In fact she really struggles to be near them without going into full meltdown mode. If she sees a bee or wasp near by she all but runs in the opposite direction kicking and screaming. So it has been my mission to explain to her how important they are to us. This is one reason why I decided to take both of my Little Feet to Yorkshire Lavender. Set on the top of Yorkshire's hills near York there are fields and fields of lavender and hundreds of bees FEASTING! She was nervous to begin with but eventually she got used to them. In fact it was actually Little B I had to keep an eye on as she kept trying to pick them up!