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Help save our bees!

I am currently obsessed with bees. Especially bumble bees, with their fluffy bottoms.

 Bumblebee in my garden last year

I have always been quite fond of them, but then I watched Great British Food Revival with Ainsley Harriott, and he was championing honey, and of course, bees. And the programme showed someone who kept bees on the roof of their flat. An actual hive!

Of course, being the rational realist that I am, I didn’t immediately scour the internet to find out about bee-keeping. *ahem*

Anyway, bees are fascinating creatures, but many species are dying out (find out more about this on The Bumblebee Conservation Trust website). And even if we can’t all keep bees in our gardens (curse you, tiny suburban garden!), we can do something to help. Even if you only have a window box, or balcony, you can grow a pot or two of plants which will attract bees. Check out these pretties…

Borage – beautiful blue, slightly alien-looking flower which is edible and are lovely floating in summer drinks like Pimms.

Borage flower – photo by PurpleGecko on Flickr
Pale pink geranium flowers – pretty, dainty, and beloved by bees:
Bloody Geranium – photo by Marylise Doctrinal on Flickr

Rosemary – yummy in food, and yummy to bees. Actually, quite a few herbs are popular with bees (e.g. sage, mint and thyme), so if you like to cook, grow some herbs in your garden and help bees as well.

Rosemary flowers – photo by m750 on Flickr

Oriental poppy. I’m a big fan of poppies, especially the bright red ones growing in fields and by the side of the road. But these peach ones are gorgeous too.

Oriental poppy – photo by beautifulcataya on Flickr
You can also find a list of ways you can help bees on the Help Save Bees site.

Saturday crafts

OK, so this is cheating slightly, as only one of the items was made today, but I can’t get decent photos when it’s dark out, so I waited until today to get pics.

First up, a felt poppy brooch I’ve made for myself for Remembrance Sunday. I forgot (once again) to ask someone in the UK to send me a poppy over, so I’ve made my own. I will be making a donation to the Royal British Legion too, but I think it’s important to keep the tradition of wearing a poppy for remembrance going.

Secondly, and this was actually made today, I had an idea for some Christmas decs and wanted to try something out. I’m not 100% sure about it – I might just keep it for myself, rather than make a few for the shop.

The thread is a gorgeous blue-green variegated embroidery floss – I’ve been wanting to use it for something for ages. Maybe the faux snow background is too soft to show the dec off properly – I might have another go at photographing it tomorrow.