Idea 33 – When you come back, remember that you are my guests….Not my masters. 🌍🌏🌎

Written by Author Haroon Rashid Insta: @authorharoonrashid

I have wondered about whether I should keep suggesting these environmental ideas when the world is focused on protecting everyone from Covid – 19. But then I keep thinking about a poem that was shared by a friend on facebook. The fact that we have actually been forced to slow down and appreciate what we have, those closest to us and our immediate surroundings. Maybe this is the time to think about how precious life is and how delicate the balance of our existence is on Earth. Unfortunately the author is unknown and I can only find other people sharing it not the original source but it definitely makes you stop and think.I hope the author doesn’t mind me re-sharing their words.

We fell asleep in one world, and woke up in another. Suddenly Disney is out of magic.

Paris is no longer romantic, New York doesn’t stand up anymore, the Chinese wall is no longer a fortress, and Mecca is empty.

Hugs & kisses suddenly become weapons, and not visiting parents & friends becomes an act of love.

Suddenly you realize that power, beauty & money are worthless, and can’t get you the oxygen you’re fighting for.

The world continues its life and it is beautiful.

It only puts humans in cages.

I think it’s sending us a message.

“You are not necessary. The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine.

When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters.”

Written by Author Haroon Rashid

Insta: @authorharoonrashid

Idea 33 – And so to saving the bees!🐝

This week we were meant to be holidaying in Devon. That obviously was not meant to be this year and so instead we have been enjoying the sunshine in the garden. I feel very fortunate to have a garden in this time of isolation and really hope that those that don’t have access to one have found other ways to connect with nature. As the Spring arrives and the weather has warmed the bees are on the move. Yesterday I saved a rather fat honey bee who was obviously filled up with nectar ready to get busy setting up a hive. He had become trapped inside the house and needed help to find his way out. Bees are dying at an alarming rate and virtually all of our food is dependent on these tiny pollinators. So this week I am hoping to save more than just this one bee.

Here is 6 things that might help a bee this Spring.

  1. Plant a fruit tree. 🐝

The cherry tree in our garden has a beautiful white blossom at the moment. I bought it from a supermarket 3 years ago and it was tiny but is now doing very well despite being rather neglected in that time.


2) Put out a dish of water. 🐝

I posted about this last Summer. A shallow bowl of water with some stones in it so the bees can land. Hey presto a water station for a passing bee.


3) Choose bee friendly plants🐝

Some plants looks beautiful but don’t offer much to pollinators. Try to have an area of plants with lots of pollen on offer to the bees.


4) Get Bee-Friendly Pesticides🐝

Or even better no pesticides at all. Lots of pesticides today are toxic to bees and are gradually killing them off. It is thought the toxins in the pesticides suppress their immune system and make them vulnerable to mites and other parasites.


5) Buy organic🐝

That way the farmer does the hard work for you and the bees.


6) Build a Home for Wild Bees🐝

Honey bees only pollinate about 14% of crops in the world. Wild bees actually pollinate most of the rest. Build a wild bee a home out of a tin can and some bamboo sticks they work very hard and would appreciate a resting place.

Hoping you can help the bees from wherever you are in Bradley Stoke.