Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Pet tree for bees

"Save The Bees"

After reading an article in a newspaper about how bees were in danger at the moment,
I decided to create a bee inspired item!

I used Swarovski crystal beads, a lucite flower, jasper and a bee charm.

I will give a dollar to BUGLIFE for each "Save the Bees" pet tree necklace sold!

What YOU can do to help: (check out BUGLIFE for more info)

"Bumblebees are dependent on flowers for nectar (sugary liquid) and pollen (protein and minerals for developing larvae). They also need a place to shelter and build their nest to maintain a successful colony throughout its life-cycle."

There are a few tips to bear in mind when creating a bumblebee-friendly garden:

  • They need a continuous succession of flowers from spring to autumn, so there is always a food supply. Queens may appear even in January during warm spells; their disrupted hibernation making them hungry for nectar.
  • Most bumblebees prefer perennial flowers that flower from year-to-year. Herbs and traditional cottage-garden plants are ideal.
  • Flowers are best planted in large groups or patches (‘drifts’) of the same kind, so that the bees have good foraging sites. Bumblebees like to stick to one type of flower while foraging, and can waste energy scouting around for more forage.
  • A selection of flowers of different shapes (e,g bowl-shaped, bell-shaped, ‘lipped’ and tubular) will appeal to different species, as they have different tongue lengths.
  • If possible, a part of the garden should be left less intensively cultivated and more informal, to provide suitable nesting sites. Carder bumblebees will make their nest in long, tussocky grass. Bumblebees will also create nests in undisturbed compost heaps or underneath hedgerows.
  • You can also improvise by creating an underground nest site by digging a hole, putting a ball of moss or dry grass in the bottom and covering with a slab so as to leave a small entrance. Bumblebees will also use the smell of an abandoned, old rodent's or bird's nests as a cue to the presence of a suitable nesting site.


Saturday, 12 September 2009


Hello everybody!! As promised here are some pics of my lovely new puppy, Fergie!
She was named after Sir Alex Ferguson as my husband is a big fan of Manchester United!

She is so well behaved already, we cannot believe it!!!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Taste of Cyprus


Just a quick note from Cyprus..
The weather is lovely (if not too hot in the afternoon) and I'm having a lovely time with my husband!
Only three days left and I'll be back to the real world, busy packing all my orders!

We will get our little puppy on Thursday! How exciting!
I will post some pics as soon as I get back..

Love to everybody x x x