Friday, 5 August 2016

The Story of Bees

We've done it. All that clearing and planting and watering has finally paid off. No, I'm not talking flowering plants, but bees.

Yes, the flowers have all bloomed and yes, they look glorious. But more than that...

In our small, urban walled garden, a bee has come to stay. In this little hotel among the wildflowers!

It's modest accommodation but perfect for solitary bees, who have neither hive nor sting, but are as important for pollination as their better known cousins.

A slightly more ritzy palace for our honey-loving friends is this one – The Grand Beedapest Hotel. I absolutely love it! Such a beautiful rendition of one of my favourite films (don't forget to check out my Courtesan au Chocolate recipe from Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Taylor's of Harrogate have put together this little film to show why bees are so important. Have a look.

Bees are brilliant creatures that do so much more than just make honey. Their powerful plant pollination helps to create some of the most wonderful flavours on the planet, including the ones Taylors use to make their fruit and herbal infusions.

I hadn't tried their tea before so when they sent us a hamper of bee-related goodies, I tried out a couple of flavours of fruit and herbal tea. The Sour Cherry was my absolute favourite, being equal parts sharp and sweet and full of zing. And the Rose Lemonade? Never have I seen such pretty packaging. Strawberry pink and bright yellow – love it!

As well as the tea, our hamper contained a colouring book and pencils, a bee mug, candles and some wildflower seeds.

It made for a peaceful afternoon's activity and I was particularly happy to spot a bee in the garden and leg out to snap a bee and hotel in the same frame!

Do you like bees? What do you think of the video? Isn't it great?

We were sent a bee hamper by Taylors of Harrogate for the purposes of this review. 
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