All Posts for June 2018

Photos for Summer

Saturday, June 30th, 2018


Clotheslines are sure signs of summer. The first is from my friend Debra who just moved to Orcas Island near Seattle, WA. She is using her outside patio or porch and the view beyond the laundry looks stunning!
(I have two more for the next photo posting.)




This next picture is of a huge head of organic lettuce that I purchased at the
local Farmers’ Market. It tasted as good as it looked!




This last photo is of this colorful flower planted in our condo driveway.
The colors are terrific!



Enjoy the food, colors, and fresh air of summer!

Bee Smart! A Video about the Bee Colony Crisis

Monday, June 25th, 2018

A few days ago I saw a documentary called Queen of the Sun at the local senior center. It was focused on the global crisis regarding the major loss of bee colonies, especially honey bees that pollinate many of our foods. The video is from and worth seeing.

The flyer gives a good description of the video:

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a film that takes a profound look at the global bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, weaving an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world.

The film was hosted by Dagmar Holl, a recent retiree teaching and managing an organic farm program, who is an advocate for Sustainable Lifestyles for decades through Art, Literature, Music, Spirituality, Cultural Storytelling and Agriculture. After the discussion, beekeeper Jim Bobb led the post-video discussion. Bobb has worked hundreds of hives in public and private gardens and has been an instructor at Longwood Gardens and the Barnes Foundation, both  in PA.

I also made a donation to obtain a packet of Bee Feed Flower Mix, which is a blend of annual and perennial flowers that provide nectar and pollen to wild bees, honey bees, and other pollinators. The package notes that the seeds are open-pollinated, Non-GMO and Untreated (no artificial chemicals, etc.)