Posts Tagged ‘bees’

If you build it, they will come…

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

My partner is a beekeeper (a sad but honest confession) and last year like many others her hive died. It stood vacant and cold through the winter and she resolved to get some more bees this spring. She even donned her beekeeping suit and rushed off to gather a swarm that was terrorising a young mother with a baby…

Last week we were away and came back to find that a swarm had found her empty hive and made themselves at home. It only goes to show that sometimes, all you need to do is provide the right environment and the results will ‘spontaneously’ manifest!

The converse is true too. Don’t tell people you want to run a tight ship and provide a professional service then put them in a dump of an office without adequate resources. People will mirror how you treat them usually.  Provide the right kind of environment and you are much more likely to get the right results.  Think of examples like Google and Apple…

The Easter Bee?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Easter was originally a pagan festival dedicated to the goddess variously named as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.”  Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”  It was essentially a festival of fertility and renewal, hence the eggs and the very fecund bunnies!  The Christian church took this festival over too, and replaced the symbology with the death and resurrection of Christ.  His willingness to die for mankind’s sins was seen as the ultimate expression of love. 

I have a friend who is a keen keeper of bees and I was contemplating her hive yesterday.  The bees are the ultimate expression of selflessness, constantly working for the good of the hive, and when required, laying down their lives to protect it from attack.  It occurred to me that they were perhaps a perfect symbol of Easter.  Natures most prolific little fertilisers and a perfect expression of ‘Christian’ love in one small colony.

Do you think the Easter Bee will catch on?

“No bees, no honey; no work, no money”  Proverb

“For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.”  Shakespeare