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Friday, 4 June 2021

This week's smiles....week 424

 What a gorgeous sunny week we have had and the Bank Holiday weekend was filled with smiles [there's lots of hem this week so be warned].

As promised, on Wednesday, here is the collage of some of the many snaps I took during our trip to Dorothy Clive Gardens on Tuesday.  The Rhododendrons and Azealia were stunning as was the Laburnum arch .....there seemed like miles of stunning blooms everywhere we walked and the very best bit is that now I have lost 2 1/2 stone I am finding it easier to walk further and enjoy more.

Theo enjoyed a weekend at the coast with his mummy, daddy and Maisie dog and I really love this photo [I will give a little secret away and say Maisie's lead has been cropped out of the photo].  Happy memories were made.

After a night over and a day at Legoland the twins enjoyed the sun in their back garden when they got home.

Lulu has been trying on her new school uniform and they redid the pose they did for her first day at infant school....she's still a girl with attitude :-) She's really looking forward to starting her new school.

Our own back garden is full of blooms now....but on a slightly smaller scale to Dorothy Clive gardens :-)

I must say we really have enjoyed sitting out in it in the sunshine this week.....and watching our new visitors.......

We had a good tidy up in our garden and pulled up all the old tulips but in doing this we disturbed some very special little visitors....if you zoom in right in the middle of this photo you will see a busy little bee.  We have a nest in the ground beside one of our fuchsias....sadly one of the little darlings stung my hubby on his hand as they were defending their nest.

I found this on the internet...

These large, hairy bees are generally black with varying degrees of yellow banding. Look closely at flowering plants and you’ll probably spot several species. Common bumblebees include garden, buff-tailed, red-tailed, white-tailed and field bumblebees.

They are social insects, living in colonies of up to 200 workers. Queens hibernate underground during the winter, emerging in spring to find suitable nest sites – for example, abandoned mouse holes. Each queen builds a nest of dried grasses and then lays about a dozen eggs that hatch into workers – sterile females.

The workers gather pollen and nectar to feed later batches of grubs. New queens and males hatch at the end of the season and mate. The males, workers and old queens die; new queens hibernate. Bumblebees are not aggressive and will only sting if they feel threatened. They are important pollinators of many plants and fruiting trees.

Apparently the male bees don't have stings so it was a female bee that stung and as we plant our garden with bees, insects and butterflies in mind I feel very honoured that some have set up home with us. They usually only nest for 4-6 weeks.  We have now put a metal cage over their nest to keep Milly away so she doesn't get stung.  I am really enjoying watching the bees flying out and coming back with their little legs covered in pollen to take to their queen.

I hope you have enjoyed my smiles this week and will now link up to your below.


Annie x


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The Dorothy Clive has some beautiful gardens. Stunning blooms, but your weight loss is what astounds me. For those of us who go by pounds, that is 35 lbs!!

All the grands must have enjoyed the bank holiday, too. And of course, your garden had me smiling. My art friend Erika just bought a bee box and bees with a queen. Sounds like you got yours free!! Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend, Annie. I'm headed to bed because it's late night here and the cats are crying for me to join them.

Lynn Holland said...

Good morning Annie
Well first I’m going to congratulate you on your weight loss. We all know how hard that is to do. Us two need to get a grip as our weight has started climbing with all the cakes and biscuits we eat while sitting around in the garden.
It’s lovely to see the kiddywinks enjoying the good weather and your visit to the Dorothy Clive gardens is lovely to see. Thanks for showing us.
I’ll be thinking of Milly now sniffing round the bees 🐝 That was good thinking to cover the hive.
Have a lovely weekend all of you
Love Lynn xxx

mamapez5 said...

You really are privileged to have wild bees nesting in your garden. I am so pleased you are just letting them continue their life cycle in their chosen place. We need all the bees we can get. I hope hubby's sting wasn't too painful.
The gardens you visited look beautiful. I love the carved tree stump and you must have gone at just the right time to see the hydrangeas and azaleas at their best. And of course, your own garden is responding to all the love and care you have given it. I am glad you have had some nice days to sit and enjoy it.
The children are all growing up fast.
September will be a big adventure for Lulu. They both look very smart in their uniforms.
I love to see children and animals running and having fun on the beach. You were so lucky with the bank holiday weather for once.
Happy Friday. Kate x

Lisca said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! You kept that quiet! 2 and a half stone is a lot of kilos! Are you following a certain diet, or exercise regime? Tell us your secret!
Those photos of the garden are stunning. All of them but in particular the laburnum arch. Very impressive. Utterly beautiful.
Your garden is gorgeous too, as you say on a smaller scale. Interesting to read about bees nesting in the ground.
The grandchildren are growing so fast, and give you reason to smile every day.
Have a lovely weekend,

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Lovely photographs of the the children and Maisie too. Just got back from walking our two. You are very lucky to have bees in the garden, many people don't realise how important they are as without them we wouldn't have the beautiful fruit and vegetables that we eat so we need to be kind to them even if they sting us occasionally. Have a lovely weekend, Angela xXx

Olde Dame Holly said...

Those bees make me smile! So kind of ou to protect them! Our bumblebees here like to live alone. We have quite a few holes in our outdoor porch beams where they live, each in its own apartment!

Twiglet said...

Great post - great photos. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine! xx Jo