I love bees. I could watch them all day, busily buzzing away from flower to flower. My girls are both very wary of bees, despite my best efforts of getting them to appreciate these beautiful, honey making, creatures.
So when two very large 'hives' arrived, they were both a little perturbed. "We're not getting bees are we Mum!" Now we had recently discussed the joys of hen keeping, and I was growing veg in the garden, so bees could be seen as the next step! "No...we're not keeping bees", "Phew!" They replied. Now, I would love to keep bees, I'd have them alongside those hens I'm after, but sadly no bees. Gosh the stress it would induce on my little family!
No, these are not for bees, these are for compost. When we redesigned our garden, there was nowhere to hide the ugly Dalek ones. I'd seen bee hive bins and loved them, some didn't look that substantial, and after seeing some blown over in the recent storms we had, I was after some heavy duty ones.
After a bit of Internet research I came across Sunnyfields Poultry Housing. They are a small family run company, based in Devon. Mainly making the most delightful poultry houses (one day, maybe!), they also make these amazing compost bins. I have to say, it was love at first sight.
Now, they aren't cheap, but they are very well made, and I got a bit of a discount as I ordered two. How long will they last, I'm not sure, maybe I should have asked...but when it's love at first sight! Anyway, they've been painted black, and I think they look fab!
Now all I need to do, is work on the concept of keeping bees for real, until then I'm planning on including as many bee friendly flowers as I possibly can!
I will be back later in the week, I've got my Mum to thank for a few things. I'm also going 'off line' for a couple of days a week, as part of my keeping balanced lifestyle...will let you know how I get on!
Amanda :) xxx