The wiki commons picture is a honeybee above a milk thistle blossom.
Today is such a quiet Sunday. I’m enjoying it very much even though I miss the company we had here for the last few days. Emily and her daughters arrived on Friday night to be at the party for her cousin Bob from Alaska and his two teenage sons. We don’t get to see them that often, and it was a wonderful time. The zipline from the treehouse across Alice’s yard to the maple tree got a lot of use! And the older boys played soccer with the little ones in a very friendly way that made me happy to see….There were about twenty of us, with lots of little kids and lots of life all around! But yesterday Em drove back to PA to be there when her husband Ingmar flew back from his workshop in Colorado.
And today is quiet….
It began with Andy asking me to try the noodles Alfredo with carmelized onion and black pepper he had cooked last night. I did. It was delicious…Tomorrow I begin the South Beach diet which is very good for my health, and I know I’ll feel much better after I get into it. But today – I can enjoy noodles.
I sometimes get into listening to the same music over and over and this morning it’s been Alison Krauss’s wonderful “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” from the Raising Sand album she made with Robert Plant. You can hear a little preview on amazon, or probably youTube as well. And it’s interspersed with Amos Lee’s “Night Train” from his Supply and Demand album.
And sometimes I just look out the window and experience what feels like a fall through a tunnel of green leaves. It makes me smile.
On my mind a lot are honey bees. I saw a trailer about the New Zealand documentary Queen of the Sun which you can read about here: http://www.queenofthesun.com/
This is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vQ5PV-bNtM
I love bees and all the work they do to make the world beautiful and food to be available for us. My mother-in-law was a beekeeper, and so was a very good friend for many years. I’ve bought bees for the CSA farm we belong to in years when theirs have failed to overwinter.
I wanted to cry reading, ” A leaked document from the EPA shows that the agency has knowingly allowed a highly toxic pesticide for bees, to be sold and used nationwide by Bayer, the third-largest producer of pesticides in the world.
Below is an excerpt from Tom Philpott’s in-depth Grist.org article on the recent leak which came into the hands of a Colorado beekeeper.
“An internal EPA memo released Wednesday confirms that the very agency charged with protecting the environment is ignoring the warnings of its own scientists about clothianidin, a pesticide from which Bayer racked up €183 million (about $262 million) in sales in 2009.”
Shocking is the clarity of their scientists language in the leaked study itself–
“Clothianidin’s major risk concern is to nontarget insects (that is, honey bees). Clothianidin is a neonicotinoid insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.”
We hear so much about colony collapse disorder. We don’t hear enough about this senseless knowing destruction of honeybees. I’m glad to belong to an organic CSA farm which uses no pesticides nor herbicides.
This is not supposed to be a rant about bees, but a wandering through my mind on a Sunday when nothing major is happening and I am about to leave the keyboard and return to reading of Donna Leon’s Death at La Fenice out on the deck.