Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Wonder of Bees | Art of Clean

Over past couple of days, the weather in Cambridgeshire has been lovely and to make the best of it, I’ve spent some time in the great outdoors and been doing my bit for horticulture - gardening in other words.

As I have been trifling about in the garden, I was being very observant, firstly with the number of weeds in the beds and then my thoughts turned to the abundance of micro wildlife which has returned to the garden (after what felt like a very long cold winter, but it wasn’t as reports have suggested) including large numbers of ladybirds, butterflies and something I’m really proud of, the hummingbird moth.

Of all the insects in the garden, it has to be the bees which caught my attention and fascinate me the most.  Who cannot help but smile, in the simplest way, when seeing the ‘bumblebee’ with their bright stripes, huge body and tiny black hairy legs and with the gentle buzzing sound filling the garden, doing what its name suggests and ‘bumble’ about into plants, as it manoeuvres about in the sky.  

Honey bee collecting pollen

And then there’s the Honey bee, smaller and slimmer in appearance, bit more like a wasp and has an amazing ability to make lots of honey, which beekeepers can harvest to eat and sell. 
"Did you know, that it takes around 500 foraging bees to make a pound of honey?"

Bee keeper collecting honey from hives

Beeswax is such a versatile product which is used in the production of many everyday items and most commonly used in candle-making and furniture polish.  Who remembers that wonderful clean smell of natural turpentine?   

We all love to keep our furniture clean and shiny and our wood, well-fed.  The benefits of a natural beeswax and turpentine furniture polish is the product is designed to feed and enhance wood.  Turpentine is a natural solvent, made from distilled pine sap, whilst white spirit is a man-made synthetic chemical solvent.  It’s the natural turpentine, which feeds your wood, and in-turn helps to maintain better quality results.

Beeswax furniture polish has the same results, where using natural turpentine and a cream polish polish gives your furniture better results, such as:
  • needs less elbow grease
  • does not produce unsightly build up
Did you know wax doesn’t go bad and has been recovered from ancient shipwrecks?
According the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, ‘there are lots of different types of bee in the UK - around 250 species!’ 

And as Bees have been around for thousands of years and as much as the bees need us, we need the bees.  So let’s make sure that we’re doing our bit to help them thrive by planting flowers and plants in our gardens and window boxes.
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