Counting on … day 1.117

21st May 2023

We have a bee hotel which used to be fixed to the gable end of the shed. During the winter it was blown down and temporarily placed on a stone bench by the water butt. This is somewhere I also sit, and I have been watching solitary bees buzzing backwards and forwards. They land and inspect the bamboo tubes working out which is their’s. Then they disappear inside. Sometimes they quickly reappear and go in back wards. I’m guessing they are laying eggs. Some of the bamboo ends have been infilled with a clay like mixture which must mean that that incubator is full.
High up on the shed gable I never noticed this activity so that is one small blessing of the winter’s winds.

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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