June 1st – Sundowner

Another fabulous day in the UK, with lovely sunshine, and a great game of golf with great friends.

I got home from golf and shared a BBQ with our drive guests Clive and Sarah. Afterwards, we headed up to the back of our garden to watch the sun go down on a fab day, with a nice G&T.

We count our blessings, but also appreciate that there are people out there that aren’t as fortunate as ourselves, and our thoughts are with them.

May 31st – No such thing as a free lunch

So Andy (step son) and Stella came over for a socially distanced lunch today, but the wife ‘suggested’ a task afterwards, which was sorting out her mosaic tiles into different colours.

It was weirdly therapeutic, and thanks to some up cycled takeaway containers, the task was soon complete. It will really help Denise crack on with some of her projects, and Andy and Stella completed a nice picture of a boat.

May 30th – Chores

More work in the garden today, ensuring the cabins roof is watertight, not that there is any rain forecast in the near future. Lock-down has been bearable for us due to having a fab garden and the weather being so good.

We have been in our home for 14 years now, having started with virtually nothing, but through extremely hard work and some luck we are now able to enjoy our retirement, although I can’t imagine how I managed to fit work in.

May 29th – Dinner party

Just over a week ago two dear friends arrived in their motorhome.

Clive and Sarah rented out their house to go on a 12 month trip around Europe in their motorhome. Like many others, this was severely disrupted by Covid-19 and they needed to make a dash back to the UK, but had no home to return to.

Initially they spent many weeks on their daughter’s drive and got to see their new granddaughter.

Although we are great friends we are being careful with social distancing with a heavy dose of common sense.

We had a socially distanced dinner together this evening. Clive and Sarah made a lovely Thai green curry, washed down with a few beers.

May 27th – Relationships during lockdown….

How are you coping? Living in close proximity to loved ones for an extended period, with no interactions with others can really test relationships

In order to survive I believe it takes understanding, empathy, humour, and compromise.

I normally drive my wife up the wall, but on this occasion she couldn’t find a wall so used a tree.

“Get out of our tree’

May 25th – Memories

A year ago today we were at the most northerly point of the mainland UK, Dunnet head. It was our first ‘big’ trip away in Dizzy, and we had a blast. The weather was a little strange. When we arrived we couldn’t hardly see our hands in front of our faces due to the fog, and it was bitterly cold, but when we awoke the next morning, the fog had cleared and a beautiful day emerged.

We really miss being able to jump in the MoHo and explore different places, but we have great memories from past trips, we are keeping safe, we are enjoying our garden and we can plan our next trip even though we don’t have timelines.

There are usually positives in all situations, but at times they are a tad harder to find, but keep looking.

May 23rd – Bee-ing Busy

We’ve all see them, but do we appreciate them. Bees are so important to our agriculture, pollinating our crops. Without bees it is estimated our farmers would spend £1.8 billion to pollinate.

Bees also appear in many parts of our culture. From pub signs and town names, from Shakespeare to JK Rowling, from beehive hair-dos to phrases like “having a bee in your bonnet” – the bee has been a star for centuries. Pliny referred to honey as “the sweat of the heavens and the saliva of the stars”, while Chaucer was one of the first to use the phrase “busy as bees”.

The Honey bee is probably the best-known bee around, but over 270 species of bee have been recorded in Great Britain. Honey bees and bumblebees live socially, led by a queen and serviced by male drones and female worker bees.

Solitary bees tend to be smaller and their family unit is made up of a single pair. Although lots of solitary bees can be found in one area, they operate alone. Bumblebees are distinguished by their large furry bodies and species include the black and-yellow striped Garden bumblebee and Red-tailed bumblebee. Solitary bees include mason bees, leaf-cutter bees and mining bees. The Wool-carder bee strips hair from plants to weave its nest, while the Red mason bee lives inside hollow plant stems and holes in wood.

Discover different species in this Bee Identification Guide

Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. None are protected by law. Across Europe nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction.

We already know enough to do something to help, even if some issues might need more research to be fully understood. Known causes of bee decline include things that affect us too. These include changes in land use, habitat loss, disease, pesticides, farming practices, pollution, invasive non-native plant and animal species, and climate change.

Planting bee friendly plants in your garden. Find out more about bee-friendly gardening.