Protecting Pollinators in Your Own Backyard and Beyond

Awareness is growing, but do people really know what action is needed?
As Mark Miles suggests, it may be as simple as planting local flowers.

Mark All My Words

by Mark Miles

By now most people are aware of the fact that honeybees are facing the very real threat of extinction due to the devastating effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon in which entire hives of honeybees are progressively annihilated by a combination of chemical, biological and environmental contaminants that result from industrial agriculture. This is awful for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that honeybees are primarily responsible for pollinating food crops in the US and many other countries. Their role is so crucial in fact that many foods — including but not limited to almonds, tomatoes, onions, peaches, coffee, raspberries, and cocoa — could disappear altogether with the extinction of honeybees. Imagine going into your local grocery store and not finding your favorite coffee, fresh fruit, trail mix, or chocolate and then realizing that it’s not merely a momentary hiccup; it’s gone forever…

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Back home…

…back to normality?

So, I arrived back ‘home’ in Spain late Wednesday afternoon and haven’t had much chance to sit down until today (Saturday).

I did however find time to bake a whole grain loaf, and am rather pleased with the result. I’m not able to start off my sourdough yet, so have used yeast. Now, I’m not saying it’s a perfect brown loaf, but for a first attempt it is the most delicious bread ever! ;)

One of the first things I did, after unpacking was get out and tend to the plants. My partner’s done reasonably well keeping them going. I however had to get out and satisfy my own budding green thumbs/fingers.

The weather is gorgeous right now, and I’ve even been tempted to sit out in it. Something rare for me, but being amongst my own nurtured greenery and the buzzing bees was heavenly.

We’ve had some peas already, plus the blueberries and raspberries and more are slowly growing.

I have moved into the kitchen a little more than before, wanting to get used to spending time baking, preserving and cooking. Making it the heart of the home.

We’ve agreed to spend some of next weekend’s three days adding more pots and soil to the terrace and I’ve eagerly planned out what new seeds I can get sowed this month.

Otherwise life will go on as before, I’m glad to get back to our way of living but already miss my family terribly.