Friday, 5 June 2009

Bzzzzzzzzz!

I saw something today which at first terrified and then delighted me - a swarm of bees outside my house. Imagine hundreds (thousands?)of buzzing honeybees, loud enough to make themselves heard through the double glazing, and landing all over the windows. Fortunately my neighbour is an ex-beekeeper so she explained to Tiny Small and myself what was happening and we watched as the bees started to cluster together ready to fly off to a new home. By the time we returned from collecting Tall Small from school, there were only a handful of sadly deserted bees bumbling around and we started to wonder whether we had imagined it all.


Sadly I didn't think to grab the camera, so instead here's a picture of a bag I was commissioned to make recently. It's a keepsake satchel, and apparently the little chap it was for liked it nearly as much as his mum did!

39 comments:

  1. beeeeeeeeeeez!
    There is a tree in my parents garden that the bees seem to love, and it sounds bizarrely like rain whenever you pass underneath it...

    xxx
    ps. Amazing satchel, Charlie is lucky :D

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  2. What a cute bag Ms. Cookie! I saw bees swarm once and I don't want to see it again. I love seeing them in ones or twos, but a swarm is scary!

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  3. Eeek - like that movie 'The Swarm'!

    Love your Charlie bag. And the fact thet you're getting commissioned!

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  4. Charlie bag is brilliant - well done!

    Scary it may be but we must be thankful we have some bees left!

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  5. Hi Val! A swarm flew over our heads the other day at the allotment! We didn't realise till it was past us. AMAZING! And good to see there are still a few swarms about! x

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  6. We found bees nesting in our garage a couple of years ago so we left them to it and parked on the drive. Only a few returned last year and there's no sign of any activity so far this year. Lovely Charlie bag,by the way.

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  7. What a lovely bag! Is that a little gnome I spy? And how lucky to have an ex-beekeeping neighbor to get you through the swarming... K x

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  8. There were a swarm of bees around a tree in our next door garden last week. Stewart and I were sitting outside and suddenly heard a noise we thought was machinery it was so loud. Wonderful to see! Fab satchel!

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  9. A fab satchel! I've never seen a swarm of bees but it sounds very much like Ambridge, although I think I may have dashed inside to watch!

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  10. A commission...that is fantastic! And so is the finished bag... The first of more commission maybe? Hope so. :o) At the moment we are worried we may have a wasps nest brewing near the rafter on one side of the house... ick! Wasps I don't like, bees I do...They give us honey. :o) Happy weekend to you all ((HUGS))

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  11. Love the bag. Would have loved to see the bees

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  12. I would've fainted over the bees (OMG!)
    Love the bag!

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  13. Wow! That bag is gorgeous! But I have to admit that I'm very glad I didn't see the swarm of bees!

    Locket xxx

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  14. What a gorgeous bag.

    My aunt and uncle used to keep bees - they made the best honey ever. The swarm of ness that took a liking to our garage last summer were a bit of a nuisance, mind. I'm glad that your bees only paid you a flying visit.

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  15. That makes me so happy! Score one against colony collapse disorder (or syndrome, or whatever the bee shortage problem is called)! And I LOVE the bag!!

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  16. Lovely bag, I don't mind bees but I'm glad I didn't see a swarm! Jane x

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  17. How wonderful and frightening!

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  18. love that bag xox

    we disturbed a bees nest with disastrous consequences a few years ago, I would have been inside with the windows shut for a week...

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  19. I enjoyed reading your blog today.
    I love all the new blogs
    I have found. Quite a unique group.
    I love making new blogging friends..
    I have several Disney posts already on my blog and have several more to post. Hope you will stop by for a visit.

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  20. Great bag!!!! greetings from buzzy bee!

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  21. Eek - scary! I experienced my first swarm last summer during a meeting with a teacher - it being a lovely day we'd taken our meeting outside - and then we heard this tremendous noise and realised we were right in the thick of it....hadn't realised I could run so fast!!!

    Gorgeous bag - lucky Charlie :-)
    xxx

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  22. Great bag - I'm not suprised that he was thrilled with it. The bee incident sounds rather worrying though - good job you had an expert on hand to reassure you!

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  23. A friend of mine had a swarm of bees in her garden a couple of years ago that had to be professionally moved (!). She was terrified!
    Love the bag too!

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  24. Good news about the bees as we're seeing less of them around. Why couldn't the wasps have the problem instead of our sweet honey-makers/flower pollinators?

    That bag is very, very sweet indeed you are a clever clogs aren't you!

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  25. Brilliant... I love bees (don't we all?). My folks kept bees in our garden when I was a kid so I have lots of good bee/honey related memories.

    Definitely a sound of summer.

    x

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  26. The satchel is lovely and the bee tale rather fascinating. My father used to keep bees (before he kept children) and I love listening to him talking about bees, I am trying to persuade him to take it up again.

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  27. Great bag, love the applique!

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  28. Lovely bag, very cheery and cute :) It's good to hear that honeybees are alive and well near where you are but I still think seeing a swarm of them would be scary! x

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  29. buzz buzz, how cool, although I can appreciate being a little scared. Loving the bag...

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  30. Mmmm, think I would have been a little afraid of the bees too! Love, love, love that bag! I am sure it was well received.

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  31. Great bag Mrs. DC!

    We once had a nest in a holiday-house in France. It was bizarre to watch. They were all falling down to the ground and died. So bizarre.

    I love bumblebeeszzzzzz!

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  32. How amazing, I have only read about swarms, never seen one. I think I would be pretty terrified if I did actually! Can you imagine being the sort of person to come along with a box and scope them up for your hive…no? Me either!

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  33. What a great bag, it's lovely.
    So good to see bees these days, still quite a few of them buzzing around our garden, although I've never seen a swarm of them.
    During half term there were literally 100s of butterflies in our front gardens, I have never seen such a sight. Thankfully Springwatch gave us the reason why!
    Kimx

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  34. That bag is SO adorable. Wonderful to see bees ... they are so important to our flowers and trees ... but a swarm might make me squeak rather a lot.

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  35. oh bees. Bit scary.

    the bag looks fab though!

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  36. Grogeous bag! It must have been nice to see the bees from the safety of inside the house. We had one in garden once and they got down the chimney! We had to open all the windows...... and leave!!! and come back when they'd found their way out again. Scary but impressive. Fascinating little creatures.

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  37. ooo! That satchel is adorable!
    I think bees are a leeeetle bit scary too!

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  38. Years and years ago I was in the car-park at (whisper it) work and I heard the sound of loads of motorbikes. But there was nobody else in the car-park.
    In the far corner I could just make out a black cloud, not really moving, but swirling about.
    It was bees. I didn't venture any closer, but I remmeber the sound of them

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