I bee put in my place.

Often as I wander around the garden, something will catch my eye. It may make me ponder. I may just enjoy it. Today, I was heading to check the hens had water when this pollen covered bumble bee caught my eye. It was sleepy, intoxicated or resting, but it stayed long enough for me to run back for my camera and take a photo. Actually I took 15 photos, gradually getting nearer and nearer.

By photo 12, I was apparently trying a bumble bees patience. Note the leg trying to push my lens away.

Look at those eyes. Do you get the feeling that my card has been marked? I think I pushed it just too far. Even for a mild mannered bumble bee. Even the flower is becoming symbolic.

Finally, the bumble bee turned its back on me. Ignoring me. I feel I have been dismissed.

The garden is coming alive in so many small ways. This alpine strawberry flower had a drop of water in each petal. Like a serving dish.

Five drops of water. Perfectly balanced.

There are times I wish I could accomplish something similar. Except in my case it is balancing what life hurls at me.

Forget-me-nots. I spotted among the blue flowers were the most beautiful lilac blooms. Perfect in form. Made me wish that I could capture their image in a drawing or painting. I’ll file it away as inspiration for now.

(Oh, the hens did have water.)

Not just the garden growing and providing inspiration. TF is developing his sense of humour. Some of it is surreal. Other jokes mimic a joke he has heard, but replicates it like a formula. He presumably doesn’t understand the original joke, but loves that it causes a laugh. By altering it, he is experimenting with the concept. He is 3. Almost 4. Today we took it in turns to tell jokes.

His joke: “What did the volcano say to its mouth? Put a beak on!”

My joke: “How do you make a milk shake? Shake a cow.”

His response: ” No you don’t. You use a bucket to make milk shake.”

My response (assuming he has missed the point) : “If you shake a cow, it will shake the milk. Milk shake.”

His response (a look of slight disbelief that he needs to explain): “No you use a bucket and squeeze under the cow. That’s how you make milk shake.”

I can’t really argue with that. Least he knows where milk comes from. I think he’s marked my card too.

{apologies for the distracting wording on photos. I’m working on a workable solution.}

8 thoughts on “I bee put in my place.

  • Friday 15 April, 2011 at 12:00 am
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    Your photos are gorgeous and the bee obvously thought you were getting a little too up close and personal. 🙂 They are very cute, all fluffly yellow and black.
    It’s interesting observing our children as they develop a sense of humour and it seems as you littlest one is doing just that.
    Have a lovely day,
    Anne xx

    • Friday 15 April, 2011 at 9:23 am
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      The bee seemed sent on the flower. I really couldn’t resist. I’d love to use it for an embroidery image some day. It’s hairiness would be brilliant to do in stitches. TF’s humour is changing day to day. He makes me smile so much!

  • Friday 15 April, 2011 at 1:47 am
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    Oh my gosh! That bee pointing at you was hilarious!

    • Friday 15 April, 2011 at 9:20 am
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      I’m afraid to admit that it did spend some time trying to push my lens away. Its not that I didn’t get the hint. I just really was enjoying the chance to capture the bee’s loveliness on film. I promise to leave a few more dandelions undisturbed for bumble bees, as a kind of payback, this year!

    • Saturday 16 April, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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      This little bee reminded me of one from a Beatrix Potter book. I think I understand her inspiration. Hope everyone is feeling better today.

  • Sunday 17 April, 2011 at 9:07 am
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    Beautiful, informative and funny – what a combination!! Hope your Sunday is as sunny as ours and you are outside enjoying yourselves again xx

    • Sunday 17 April, 2011 at 11:19 am
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      We’ve got the sun. No excuse but to get on with moving the hens and digging that area for planting. Love days like this!

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