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Bee Couture

Vesper vespere truditur:
Sed nunc deterior, nunc melior subit.
Anni nubibus insident,
Incertis equitant lustra Favoniis,
Caeco saecula turbine.
Haec, quam Pieria decipimus lyra,
Iuncto fulminus essedo,
Eheu! Quam celeres hora quatit Notos!
Fortunae rerumque humanarum inconstantiam accusat)  Matthias Casimir Sarbiewski  1595

Winter 2018 aftermath

We’ve had the builders around lately, doing a bit of carpentry:

Door 2018

There, that’s better. Instant small animal flap


Not the only ‘flap’ created: a bit of tailoring done…

Beesuit 2018

Unassuming bee suit, minding its own business in the shed…

Mice_beesuit 2 2018

Bee suit with extra, ahem, ventilation… (I won’t write what comes to mind as this is a family blog)


I don’t think we will be asking this company back any time soon, not that we asked
them in the first place. Mind, they did leave enough business cards lying around,
so not ashamed of their work…

Spring Rewind

It’s hard to believe that that only a few short weeks ago in late February,
the yard was full of these scenes:

Bees_Mahonia_Feb 2018

Bees enjoying Mahonia blossons


And then we were hit with what I think has been the severest weather I have
seen since I have lived here (some 20 years!).


Not exactly the Mahonia, but similar…


Things got a little wild here with the wildlife. But, all the noise pulled in some
wildlife I’d not seen in the yard before, muntjac for one.  But also



We do have our regular song thrush constituents here, but a redwing
(Turdus iliacus) is particularly noticeable by that red stain, even resembling
a wound, on its side.

I had seen redwings in the trees before, but these I has never seen:


There can be a reddish tinge on a fieldfare (Turdus Pilaris) breast, but the one I saw more resembled this coloring.  Hand BTO film to distinguish between the two:


The Bees seemed to be faring better than the bee suits…

The spring weather has rebounded in this past week. Both hives give all the appearances of having made it through the extreme cold without much disturbance. We had topped both up with fondant before the cold/snow snap, so I am hoping it got them through. For one of the hives, I noted a bit more poo around the entrance and on the branches of the yew right outside it. So I am going to have to keep an eye, especially as March is usually the month for growth to really take off if the colonies are healthy.

Confession Time:  I might have been wrong about Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall’s show. Mind you not necessarily the presenting side. But the focus on local experts is really quite refreshing.














To Telephus Lycus Book1 Ode 7  Fickle is fate in all things human (Fortunae rerumque humanarum inconstantiam accusat)  Matthias Casimir Sarbiewski  1595

The hours of night are by night’s hours replaced,
And one night’s darker and the other’s bright.
The days are oft o’ercast by darker clouds,
And years ride on like clouds in western skies
As centuries are replaced in unknown whirl.
The while we sing the Muses’ sweet refrain,
We ride along in daylight’s speedy car.
Alas, how fast the hours boom forth their change!

From Jesuit Latin Poets of the 17th and 18th Centuries: An Anthology of Neo-Latin Poets  eds. James J Mertz, SJ and John P Murphy SJ

Photo Attributions:  

Blooms in ice: By Stulli (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Redwing:  By Ómar Runólfsson (Flickr: Redwing – Turdus iliacus – Skógarþröstur) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Fieldfare: By nottsexminer (Fieldfare Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons







6 thoughts on “Bee Couture

  1. I too was watching bees having a ball in the crocus one day, then white out. We have had a muntjac browsing on the emerging tulips (grr) and a rare visitor – either a redwing, fieldfare or a thrush – I just clocked his/her big speckled breast and then she vanished!
    I haven’t been getting your emails for a while, so missed out on posts.

    Posted by hilarycustancegreen | March 11, 2018, 5:57 pm
  2. I must say that I’m impressed with how clean the bee suit is. I won’t show you mine! Lovely birds–I love when someone new visits my garden. Nice to read/see you again. 🙂

    Posted by Tina | March 12, 2018, 6:16 pm
  3. Normally mahonia is very popular down here with the first few bumblebees but the weather, rain, snow, rain, snow, has been so poor that very few have been seen on the plant. Hope they are surviving.

    Posted by philipstrange | March 19, 2018, 8:50 pm

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