Sunday, 11 September 2011

How To Bee Friendly

In the spring of 2007 there was a noticeable decline in the Bee population, the estimated drop was around
30 billion; an estimate of 25% of all the bees in the northern hemisphere.
Some of the contributing factors include:


  • Urbanisation and global warming
  • The increased use of pesticides and herbicides
  • The increased use of mobile phones, causing an increase in atmospheric electro-magnetic radiation
  • Blood sucking mites, and viral infections.  
Some Bee Facts.


  • There are around 20,000 different bee species worldwide
  • Bees have been around for millions of years
  • Their Latin name is Apis Mellifera
  • Bees are the only insect that produce food eaten by man
  • The honey produced by bees are the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life
  • It takes around 1 ounce of honey to fuel the bee's trip around the world
  • The average worker bee produces around 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey during its lifetime
  • A bee visits between 50-100 flowers during a collection trip
  • There are between 20.000 - 60,000 bees in a colony, but there is only 1 Queen
  • The average worker bee lives for around 6 weeks, but the Queen will live for up to 5 years
  • Male workers (drones) do not collect pollen, have no sting and are only for mating and keeping the hives clean.
  • Worker females collect pollen and will sting if they feel threatened
  • During winter the bees live on the honey that they have stored in their hives; and cluster together to keep their Queen and themselves warm
  • Around 90 different fruit and vegetable crops worldwide depend on bees for pollination.
Beeing Friendly

Think about keeping a bee hive, or maybe sponsoring one.Remember, you do not need a lot of space to keep a bee hive. However, what you will need is time and patience, for more information you can contact your local Beekeepers Association for training and advice.
Plant bee friendly flowers and herbs
Keep one area of your garden in a natural state, encourage the growth of wild flowers and herbs
Donate financially towards breeding programmes, again contact your local Beekeepers Association

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Barrack Room Ballard

To market to market went my brother Jim
And some bast... threw a tomato at him
Tomatoes are soft and don't break the skin
But the one that killed Jim was packed in a tin


Mary the milkmaid was milking a cow
The trouble was Mary, she did not know how
Along came the farmer and gave her the sack
So she turned the cow over and pured the milk back


I went to my girlfriend her name is miss Brown
She was having a bath and could not come down
She said if you wait I'll be there in a tick
She slipped on the soap and by God she was quick



Little miss muffet sat on a tuffet her nickers all tattered and torn
It wasn't a spider that sat down beside her but little boy 




 blue with his horn


Jack and Jill went up the hill for a bit of hanky panky 
Jill came down with half a crown, you can tell Jack was a Yankee


The boy stood on the burning deck
The boat was all a quiver
He gave a cough, his leg fell off
And floated down the river


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Thanks for the visit, come back soon
Jo










Monday, 15 August 2011

Bee Friendly

Albert Einstein is believed to have predicted that if the honey bees were to disappear from the face of the globe, mankind would perish within four years. 


Whether this famous prediction was actually made by Einstein depends on who you read.
 I do not believe it really matters who actually made the prediction,  admittedly it gives food for thought, mankind may not perish within four years or even four hundred years, but the extinction of the honey bees will most certainly have a major impact on life as we know it.


Whether we view the honey bee as  friend or enemy mankind have benefited from these busy little insects for thousands of years.


 Man has suffered the pain of the sting for the gain of the sweet energy giving honey as far back as the stone ages.


 Honey was used as a sweetener long before Columbus set foot on West Indian soil, long before Tate and Lyle.


 In some culture honey was sacred, known as, the food of the Gods, it is known that the ancient Egyptians used honey to preserve the dead and to mummify them, honey is found to have antibacterial and healing properties, contain antioxidant, electrolytes and trace elements and so much more.


Recent studies suggests that consuming honey can reduce blood levels of some markers linked to an increased risk of heart disease, we are still discovering ways in which this remarkable product can be used, but as good a reason as any is it taste so darn good.


As remarkable as honey may be, we can survive without it, what most of us fail to realise, is the major part bees play in maintaining a balanced eco-system.
The decline in the bee population across the Western world could signal an environmental catastrophe that could devastate our food chain, with economical and environmental repercussions for all of us.


So where are all the bees gone? Apparently, the scientists are thus stumped,
explanations ranges from the use of chemical in agriculture to radiation from the increased use of mobile phones.


What is undeniable is that the bee colonies are in decline, there is even a name for this, " colony collapse disorder" It has been reported, that in areas of Europe and the United States bee populations are declining at a rate of up to 80%, when you think of how many of our plants are only pollinated by honey bees you begin to appreciate the size of the problem,






So what can I do? I hear you, So Watch this Space!