Us mice have a longstanding love hate relationship with the first frosts of the season, for whilst it bites at our noses with the promise of stealing the soft warm soil from under our toes until next Spring, its icy crystals breakdown and sweeten the wild rosehips making them perfect for our winter syrups.
Whilst the depot mice organised the harvesting amongst the hedgerows, Millie and I took a brisk walk to the hives to let the bees know we were ready for our honey.
On the way Millie explained to me that some years ago, after a particularly disastrous epidemic of coughs and sneezes brought the depot workforce to a standstill, she set about negotiating a deal with the local bee population.
In return for the mice creating and tending wild flower beds around the depot gardens, the bees promised to provide some honey come harvest time so that the mice could produce their own supply of vitamin C rich winter syrup. Millie says there’s been a marked drop in staff absences since the scheme began and the bee population has doubled over the past two years as a result of the abundance of flowers in the gardens.
Millie is one smart cookie!
Morris writes this blog in support of all his bee friends that are now facing a crisis situation with populations plummeting worldwide, and would ‘politely’ urge everyone to do what they can to help the bees even if it’s just planting a small patch or window box of bee friendly flowers. Morris would love to hear about any of your bee friendly activities, so please feel free to hit the comments box.
Morris will get back to you mouse style.
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