|Sleeping honey bee by Javad Rahimipour Anaraki on Flickr|
It reminds me of one of my favourite poems, The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats, where the poet dreams of escaping the city, keeping honey bees, and living in "the bee-loud glade".
|pinback badges by SoleDeVita on Etsy|
These pretty badges are made with real feathers. for me this one has a bee-like feel to it, with the striped feather and warm yellow hues.
|Alex Monroe bee necklace|
I've long wished for an Alex Monroe bee necklace. I love the fuzzy texture of the bee's body. I am so lucky to own a pair of Monroe earrings - little gold and silver daisies my husband gave me for Christmas (insanely extravagant but I can't pretend I'm not delighted!) I love the fact that all Alex Monroe jewellery is handcrafted in his London studios.
I LOVE honey and I'm so grateful for all the busy bees' hard work in making it! Apparently local honey can help prevent seasonal allergies. I also love the idea of having my own apiary. Our local Jolie Bees Apiaries can supply everything needed to keep bees, plus training! I'd love to do it but my husband is too afraid of bees. He grew up with no garden, just a carpark, so I figure that's the reason.
|natural beeswax by PepperGlenn on Etsy|
Beeswax is pretty wonderful stuff too: for making eco-friendly candles, lip balms or polishing wood, it is a natural and sweet-scented alternative to petroleum-based products.
There is so much more I love about bees and everything bee-related - I think I will be returning to this topic again in future posts! For now though, I must buzz off and get busy!