General diary entries

BUSY BEE

It’s been a tough few days.
I work 12.5 hour shifts and so far I’ve worked 2 on, 1 off, 2 on, I’m off today and then 2 more!
So a grand total of 75 hours in 8 days. Mostly on my feet.
The light at the end of the tunnel is 4 days off with my daughter’s Baby Shower on Saturday.

Anyway, it’s also been a miserably wet few days as the UK weather took a bit of a turn for the worse.
However, the sun is shining today so I took my chance to wash my car and then pootle around the back garden tidying up my planters after they took a bit of a bashing in the rain.

While I was doing this I notice a lot more bees than usual and I discovered that they were all coming in and out of a little hidden corner on my patio under the fence between us and the neighbours.

It’s a very sheltered little corner, I’ve actually pulled a pot away to get this video.
I always thought Bumble bees were solitary bees but as I’ve just found out, they are actually very social and can form colonies of 50 to 500 individuals!!
The are very docile and it takes an awful lot for them to sting you. They will actually give you a warning first and even then, you have to be really provoking them. If you just leave them alone, they will just carry on being busy.
I absolutely love listening to them and watching them on a hot day, although I can’t deny I do get a little freaked out when they bump into me!!

Right, I’m going to get a drink (albeit a soft one because I have to pick someone up from work later!!) and go and sit in the garden and watch my new friends for a while.

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