Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:07
In answer to Jennifer, it is all to do with interest. You see something happening in the garden and go and find out from books, real experts or these days the Interweb thingy, what it is.
Two years ago we had a bee colony living in the roof space. There is only a couple of inches between the ceiling and the roof tiles (just enough to be filled with insulation and the plasterboard inside is the insulating type) and the bess managed to get in between the tiles. Now we like having bees around the garden, but when they are nesting just above your head it is a bit more of a problem. When it was hot they fanned their wings to cool it off and the noise was tremendous. If you banged on the ceiling the buzzing was very loud and took ages to go down. We had to sleep with ear plugs in, as the noise they made went on until dark and started again at first light.
We were very glad when winter came and they died off,as they do. Also rather pleased that they were not honey bees. We did have visions of honey dripping through the plaster at one stage. Nice thing is that they do not return to the same place in the future. Good fruit set in the garden that year.