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Beekeeping Bees

The Birthday Present

Coming in for a landing

My birthday was about a week ago.  My husband always takes the kids shopping for me each year.  Each year they pick out something special all on their own.  Sometimes, it is jewelry, soap, candles or things that just remind them of me.  My littlest one, Miss M, was having the most terrible time finding something for me.  She just kept searching until she came upon this sweet little dish with birds.   As I unwrapped it, I told her it was perfect for the garden.  Before, I left for Seattle, I haphazardly placed it on the railing of our deck, not knowing where its final resting place would be in the garden.

While I was away it rained for days.  The little dish soon overflowed with fresh rain water. When I returned I found my honeybees using it as a source of water.  Each day I refill it with fresh water for them.  There are many birdbaths to drink from scattered among the gardens on our property, however, I think this is their favorite.  I love to sit and watch them dance, perch and sip the cool water with their long probosci.  They don’t have a care in the world that I am there, watching. This year’s birthday present really was a surprise for me and the bees.

Sipping water from the edge

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest