The Bees Awake

The forecast overnight heavy rain persisted, clattering on the kitchen Velux window until shortly before dawn. Slowly, sheepishly, the sun crept into the skies, warming the garden enough for me to walk around in shirtsleeves, looking at the difference in the light from yesterday.

The gelatinous liquid aiding temporary hibernation of the bees was now running freely, for most had left their roosts.

One tottered tentatively around its berberis berth.

This evening we all dined on succulent roast breast of lamb; crisp roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding; al dente carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli, chopped cauliflower leaves, and tasty gravy with mint and cranberry sauce. Jackie, Becky, Ian, and I drank Sacchetto rosé.


  1. Very beautiful photos today, Derrick, I’m glad that the weather warmed enough for you to have a nice walk. Your dinner sounds delicious! ????????

  2. It seems like Spring may have arrived in your neighborhood. We now have crocus, dandelions, daffodils, pansies, as well as Winter Jasmine. Still haven’t noticed any bees, but lots of busy birds,Derrick. Dinner sounds lovely.

  3. Shirt sleeves in February? Is this normal for where you live. I have been following you for a while so you think I would remember, but somehow I don’t. Your garden looks like spring.

  4. The flowers in your garden are lovely and I’m pleased the bees are taking advantage of them and the milder weather. The rain here was extremely heavy last night and went on until early aftenoon. More flooding!

  5. Everything is starting early this year. Turtle nesting is early if it starts in April, but it has already begun this year. Normally I’d say, well the bees know when it’s Spring, but it is still February (isn’t it?)

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