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These are beautiful days – warm (up to 30 C!) with lovely breezes. The citrus trees are showing tender shoots of incredibly fragrant leaves. Flower buds are appearing. The birds are full of song, especially the bulbuls; warblers flit about in our hedge, hoopoes chase one another over the lawn. I’ve followed a fellow-blogger’s advice and put the soft hairs we get from grooming our golden retriever out for the birds to use for nesting. Now it only remains for me to write about the bees…

After a hard(ish) winter, we are down to one stack or hive on the roof. But the bees are all around us in the garden, active as ever, enjoying every moment of sun. The flowers in the kitchen garden are their favourites, to the extent that we don’t remove overgrown rocket or mustard from the raised beds in order to let them take whatever they can. There’s another attraction at the moment: the huge rosemary, positioned at a corner of the lawn below the area of roof where the hives are situated. It’s in full flower right now, and the bees are having a ball.


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  1. It is so beautiful. Here temperatures are still at freezing point so it is heartwarming to read about your bees. I miss Spring.

    February 18, 2016
    • I hope your Spring is just around the corner! We may be having a bit of a heatwave at the moment, this is not typical February weather. As far as i can tell, every inhabitant of the garden is enjoying it hugely – myself included.

      February 19, 2016
      • Thank you for Spring Wishes. One day closer to it. I can hear the birds announcing it and see the tree buds growing with the light . Yet I worry for the Bees .I embrace the hive I am left with every day, smelling it, listening. I pray for their safe emergence in the month to come.Enjoy fully the nice weather and send some over here.

        February 20, 2016
  2. Beautiful – alas, our spring is a few months in the future. Not to worry…I also enjoy snuggling in front of a fire and wearing soft wool sweaters. Spring and summer will arrive when they’re good and ready!

    February 19, 2016

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