What a great start to the day. A tray in bed with hot ground coffee, two perfectly boiled eggs, cereal and bread rolls with sweet honey. And maybe afterwards, I might just have another nap and perhaps have another tray again when I wake up!
There are 23 bumblebee species in Britain and Ireland. They play an increasingly appreciated role as pollinators and indicators of habitat diversity. Now for the first time there is an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that provides a comprehensive resource to help identify bumblebees in the field and for learning all about them.
Bumblebees of Britain & Ireland is published by NatureGuides in partnership with Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Habitat Aid. The app is the result of a three-year project involving numerous people and organisations. It offers the following features:
- Superb specially commissioned illustrations by Richard Lewington, showing all forms for each species
- Multiple video clips for every species, showing interesting and characteristic behaviour
- All-species view organised to help rapid identification in the field
- Still photographs for every species, carefully selected to show key identification points
- Distribution maps and detailed text accounts including advanced identification
- Extensive introduction reproduced from David Alford’s classic book Bumblebees
- Intuitive software that allows any species to be compared side-by-side
- Supports both scientific and common English species naming
Courtesy of the http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=3814
Ever wondered where queen bumblebees hibernate in the winter. Have a look at the link below and a lot of other articles from The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
I found this blog whilst searching for honey in France. We are on the hunt for interesting flavours, including lavender and sunflower. I once tasted a gloriously sunny tasting sunflower honey in the South Of France and was smitten. It was creamed honey, honey that has been whipped to break up any crystals that honey naturally has. The result is a thick, spreadable honey. Now I run a honey importing company, I am on the search for Sunflower honey again to add to our range of speciality honeys.
But back to the blog. Amelia moved to France a few years ago to garden, photograph and observe the huge variety of wildlife in the French Countryside. Here is her article on Mason Bees and she has also set up another blog especially for bees. Mason bees, solitary bees and other pollinators seem to get a bit of a raw deal against the honey providers and bumble bees. Amelia would love the see this change. She also led me to buy the book “A Sting in the Tale” by Dave Goulson – founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. http://bumblebeeconservation.org/. He bought a derelict farm surrounded by acres of meadow, to create a place for his bees and other myriad of insects to live. He has a great sense of humour and I am looking forward to taking his books to France when we finally purchase our barn over there.
Well here we are in about 1973, me and Judi sitting on very parched grass leading up to those very hot summers in 1976. Our lawn used to be full of clover and bumble bees. So many bumblebees that you had to care where you ran or you could get stung. I came to live with Judi back in 1967 after working in a shop in London selling tea and other food products in the East End. Wrapped in brown paper, in a basket on the back, her grandfather, who looked after the shop, bought me home to stay. At first I lived in Bayswater, just across from Hyde Park and then set off on my travels to find honey and tea as far as the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe.
After many years and a little bit older and worn about the edges, Judi and I have got back together to start a business bringing artisan raw honey to London and floral teas. Eventually we want to showcase small beekeepers produce and honey that has the unique flavours of the areas they come from. Based in London, we set up this blog to explore what we love about bees, honey and tea and for you to follow us as we develop the business.
I really should have thrown that old t-shirt away by now, but somehow its good to curl up in a chair and relax in your favourite clothes sometimes. Judi doesn’t have her t-shirt anymore – its probably too small now. But I just didn’t grow very much – except my nose! ♥