Ready for Spring?

This year, spring seems to have come all of a sudden and surprised us all with the sunshine and the warm sunny longer days
Since working with Bees my awareness and appreciation of the natural cycle in order of things has changed.

Honey bee collecting pollen from a snowdrop
Honey bee collecting pollen from a snowdrop

I’ve learned now that the winter months, like the bees, is my rest time. It’s my hibernation, and it’s the time for my body to heal. After a busy season with long summer days where every ounce of daylight I’m enjoying either with work or play, I then need the long winter nights to sleep.

Now it’s February, and suddenly we have warm days which are getting longer, and I don’t feel ready.
It feels too early to be busy with Bees.
They are awakening with the sunshine and the plants are slowly awakening too, but are they quick enough for the bees? Is there enough food for them?

I wonder about us too,  have we had enough time to rest and recuperate before another busy summer?

A bee research project found that healthy bees in a colony that is lined with propolis and filled with honey, spend the majority of their time resting.
So, when we say ‘busy as a bee’, we are not referring to them being busy all the time but just when they need to be busy, pollinating flowers, collecting nectar or building wax comb. The rest of the time they are together in the hive doing nothing, maybe Meditating?
In contrast, an unhealthy hive, exposed to pesticides, and which has its honey taken away and replaced with sugar syrup, (lacking the trace minerals essential for healthy life), this colony spends none of its time resting.


…”I’ve learned now that the winter months, like the bees, is my rest time. it’s my hibernation

and it’s the time for my body to heal.”

The bees emerge from the cocoons and begin a busy race for survival each of the phases of life is shortened and sped up; cleaning their cells as they emerge, then nursing the new bees and, finally, whilst still immature, they begin their foraging flights to collect nectar and pollen for the rest of the colony.

Developing Honey bees in wax comb
Developing Honey bees in wax comb

The bees living a life shortened by almost half, are found shivering and twitching with their wings in tatters exhausted from life without rest.





The toxic fumes from pesticides, stored in the wax comb, affect the nervous system, preventing the bees from pausing between each nerve impulse. Each cell in their body is constantly bombarded with stimulation. Without these important pauses, the muscles are exhausted, the brain is exhausted, no organ in the body has been able to repair itself which it can only do during rest and sleep.

Could we be seeing parallels in our own lives?

As we have this respite from winter with bright sunshine, clear skies and dry feet let’s use it to enjoy nature and to care for the wildlife around us.

Using this time to nurture ourselves and the environment we live in. Should more of winter return, let’s use that time to rest so that when we have the longer days and we need more work to be done we have the energy reserves, and the strength to make the world a better Place.


This post is an excerpt from a piece written for for their newsletter.


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Artist to Bees book by Paula Carnell
Artist to Bees book by Paula Carnell

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