Friday, 11 November 2011

The Bees Knees

Part of Down To Earth's 'On my mind...' post.

After reading about 'The new complete book of self sufficiancy' by John Seymour on A Journey To A Dream I had to find a copy and, lucky me, my local library happened to have it. It's quite a book, a real 'bible' for people seeking to be more or entirely self sufficient. It's straightforward and written in a down to earth way with a good dash of humour too and I'm finding it thought provoking as well as useful. I showed the book to Mr Crafty Blueberry, we got talking about the section on bees and I found out that he's keen to have a hive, which was a grand discovery. It's now high up on the agenda  for when we own our own house and would be a great addition to our garden as we want to be as productive in fruit and veg as possible, so bees would help with pollination. And can you imagine how good it would feel to have your own harvest of honey to cook with and add to home made soap, not to mention beeswax for candles? I'm continually amazed by the amount of things that can be produced at home. Before reading this book it hadn't occurred to me that we could keep a hive in an average sized garden. There's so much to learn when it comes to making things for yourself, I love all these discoveries and the fact that there's so much to learn.

I'm revelling in the joy of starting a new crochet blanket. This one is Attic24's Granny Stripe in various shades of pink, lilac, grey and navy. So far I've done 3 1/2 stripes and I'm very much enjoying it, it's a simple and satisfying pattern. It's part of the crafty healing process after the failed chunky cardigan (which is still bundled up and hidden from view in a basket - I'm not ready to face it yet, we still have issues).

I got a pretty charity shop bargain today...

...this sparkly candle holder for 50p. It needed a quick wash to get rid of a bit of dust and I think it looks very cosy and festive in it's little nook with my jug and favourite quartz crystals.

Well I'm off to do the laundry, wash the dishes and have some snuggly crochet time on the sofa.

Wishing you a lovely Autumn weekend.


  1. I'm so glad you got hold of that book! Isn't it brilliant?

    The bee section is one of my favorites too, I fantasize about making candles with my own bees wax one day :) Have you looked into 'natural bee keeping', with top bar hives? I think thats how I'm gonna go when I get some, cheaper and simpler, just let the bees do their own thing :)

    Thank you for the mention and link :) xx

  2. I hadn't heard of top bar hives before now but I've just had a read about if on the internet and it sounds promising; simpler to set up and maintain, not to mention cheaper and better for the bees by the looks of it. Thanks for the tip off!