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Honeybees and droneflies


by Richard Jones

Just back from a long weekend in the village of Croscombe, in Somerset, where The Landmark Trust has a fabulous 15th century building to rent.


Yellow building - Old Hall, Croscombe, SomersetJust back from a long weekend in the village of Croscombe, in Somerset between Wells and Shepton Mallet, where The Landmark Trust has a fabulous 15th century building (Old Hall) to rent. Like so many holiday lets, the small garden could not really boast much more than a patch of grass for the deck chairs, although this one did have some gravestones - a hangover from when it was converted to a Baptist chapel.

The weather was cold, frost glazed the north-facing side of the valley when I went out to get a Sunday paper, but it was sunny enough to go for a walk later. Returning, slightly muddied from giving shoulder-top rides to small welly-booted boy, we passed a garden full of heather, and the sight of it stopped me short. It was alive with buzzing insects. I know the village is slightly nearer the equator than still-hibernating East Dulwich, but this was ridiculous.

Dozens of honeybees were bobbing about on the flowers, together with their hoverfly mimics, droneflies (Eristalis tenax) and quite a few blowflies too. There was an audible hum.

Back in London and the weather is still cool but sunny. Nothing. I'm going to have to visit the West Country if I'm to keep this blog going.



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Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:30

I've been there. It's really nice. The graveyard was a bit creepy though.