Nesting Bees in my Backyard – Finally!

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Who doesn’t like fruit? I love it! And even more when they are nice not only for the taste, but also for the eyes. Today there are ways to mechanically pollinate flowers, but it is just not the same. Bees do the job much better than anything we built ever will.

A while back, I bought a bee house and placed it in my backyard. I wasn’t hoping for much, to be honest, but was surprised today. Here is why:

This is the house.


While I went for a glass of water downstairs, something caught the periphery of my sight. When I looked, there it was! A bee going in to one of the little bamboo cells. This was the first


And this was the second.


I was so happy that they made their nests.. the summer will be bright! I have a pear and two plum trees, next summer, if the bees continue to nest, there will be even more fruit for my brews! Below is my pear cider tree…


And this is my plum wine and mead tree!


This just brightened my day, I must be honest! I love seeing nature doing its job, so at least for my own backyard, I will try and preserve it!

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Backyard wildlife… I wish I had a macro lens

Well… if you really follow my blog, you are aware that I am an amateur home-brewer. One of my favourite brews to date was my backyard plum wine. Backyard? Yes, I have a plum tree in my backyard that, every summer, gave a wee bit of plum, but never enough for something serious and, most of them, were not very tasty.

I decided to start feeding the few bees a couple of years ago with some water and sugar and, suddenly, there were a lot more! With the arrival of the new bees, came a plentiful harvest! A lot more plums than I knew what to do with.

This year, there will be loads more! And I’ve been caring for the bees and now, the ladybugs are around too.

As most of you know, the population of bees are declining all around the world, mostly due to agriculture and its by-products. Bees need a safe place to make nests and get on with their business and nothing better than your backyard.

Remember, most of the delicious foods that are posted here are available, thanks to these amazing creatures!