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Having a cake and eating it, too

May news, dreadfully behind on posting as usual… Now you see them, now you don’t Well, not exactly. Their way of telling me in early April that it’s time to remove the barriers and welcome in spring. This is the shredded remains of what I had wrapped the fondant from March in. Unlike the hive … Continue reading

Hiving the Bees

Just in case you need some inspiration at the beginning of the most active part of the beekeeping year…. I like the impression created here that swarming is part of beekeeping and not the disaster some beekeepers make of it. I also like the enticement she uses, no, not to attract Troy, but to attract … Continue reading

‘Pogrom’ is not the word I would use….

  …for the UK Grey Squirrel cull, although some others are not reluctant to toss it around. From the Telegraph: Andrew Tyler, the director of Animal Aid, said: “People have been responsible for wiping out the red squirrel. It’s an excuse to blame the grey squirrel. “They’re on a list of animals that are considered … Continue reading

“As long as you live, you will be subject to change, whether you will it or not “

  Quamdiu nam vixeris, mutabilitati subjectus eris, etiam nolens: ut modo lætus, modo tristis, modo pacatus, modo turbatus, nunc devotus, nunc indevotus, nunc studiosus, nunc acidiosus, nunc gravi, nunc levis inveniaris. Sed stat super hæc mutabilia sapiens et bene doctus in spiritu, non attendens quid in se sentiat nec qua parte flet ventus instabilitatis, sed … Continue reading

The Bee du Jour

    Philip Strange led the way, and others just followed in his wake, the latest the Autumn Watch crew.  Yes, Autumn Watch 2014 has jumped on the ivy bee bandwagon. Of course, they didn’t add much to Philip’s informative posts and photos. But, as much as it pains me to admit it, they did … Continue reading

Honeybees, Abolition, and the Homefront

The closer we examine the honey bee, the more we realise the workings of a beehive encompass territories beyond our comprehension.  from Tolstoy’s War and Peace. That Tolstoy knew a thing or two about bees, or I guess he didn’t which is rather the point. This week we will enter new territory by combining two of … Continue reading

EPIC!

Yes, I did intend the caps, as I am referring to the acronym for a gubernatorial campaign run by Upton Sinclair in 1934,  End Poverty in California. The emblem for the campaign was the bee, as pictured above, because, according to Sinclair, “she not only works hard but has means to defend herself.” Sinclair is … Continue reading

How I Learned to Love British TV

When I first came to this country, I only watched two television programs, both now off the air: One Man and His Dog I loved the fact that when the guys were interviewed about how their dogs performed in the sheep dog trials, their responses were hardly ever more than one syllable: Yup, Nope, OK. … Continue reading

Done is what had to be done

Enlightenment is always sudden. It is grace; when the conditions are right, it happens. But the path leading up to that moment is gradual. We practice, we create the field, we prepare the ground, and the mind eventually opens suddenly and spontaneously…’The mind is radiant, shining, glowing forth;  but it is stained by the defilements that … Continue reading

Public Enemies?

Depends on your perspective. Take, for example, the humble but cheeky-with-it UK House Sparrow (passer domesticus). Beloved in Great Britain where it is believed to be in decline. Who could think ill of anything with “domesticus” in its name? But in the USA, it is public enemy number one. Why? Because of these guys– Sialia … Continue reading

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