Sunday 10 November 2013

Bees and ivy

Ivy flower Nov 13

The mild autumn we are experiencing means that the bees are still active and leaving the hives to forage. Fortunately, there are flowers there for them to use for nectar and pollen. Ivy is the last of the flower crops of the year and it looks like it is doing well. The above photo is not the best in the world. I took it with my blackberry whilst precariously balanced on the top of our hay stack the other day. There is actually a bee in the photo! What I found was that the ivy had lots of bees all over it.

Though I say it is a mild autumn, we did experience quite a sharp frost this morning. My toes felt it at 11.30am today after taking part in the Remembrance Day parade in Whickham!

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