Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Drunken bees in a land of milk and honey.

Out at first light to open the gates on the drive. The kitchen fitters are expected. With a whoop of excitement Bob and Sophie race out of the front door to check that no cats have settled in the wood pile. They disappear over the brow of the hill. The last I see of them the tips of two tails waving twenty to the dozen. 

From the cherry orchard a throbbing noise. The sound of a early rising farmers tractor echoing up the valley ? The throbbing becomes louder. There, beyond the picket fence, the cherry blossom covered in bees. Two, perhaps three hundred on each tree. Snouts in the pollen, fat rumps waving happily from side to side in the early sun. There must be thousands of them - warm and content and singing - immersed in purpose. Drunken bees in a land of milk and honey. 

Sometimes even an old cynic has to join the PONs in wondering - Can it get any better ?


  1. Observation from the Westcoast of Canada: Today SOPHIE's hairdo is exactly like that of ROD STEWART! In a very good way.

  2. Duke and Petite-Chose at 2GApril 8, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    A beautiful photo of the blossom and bees, Angus, what a wonderful experience to start the day! We hope the day didn't go downhill from there.....with the kitchen fitters....and the possibly a visit from Red Trousers - the No1 Prima Donna - who could certainly teach even Miss Sophie a thing or two!

  3. It does sound perfect to me!

  4. Angus you write so beautifully, you have captured the bees buzzing in the cherry trees exceptionally well.
    That last photo of Ms.Diva Sophie is calendar "Top Dog" worthy, but her words there.
    Have a great day!!

  5. One of my favorite photos of Miss Sophie.
    I can only imagine the beauty of the cherry orchard.

  6. Coppa's girlApril 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Blossom and bees mean that spring is here !
    Is that Sophie's doo-doo we can see? It's looking remarkably well preserved, and looking at her "Don't mess with me" face, maybe that's why! Her little brother wouldn't dare.....

  7. What a great photo of Miss Sophie!!!

  8. So good to hear bees are well and happy in France Profonde. Here in Oregon, they are in trouble. I very rarely see a honey bee and even less frequently a bumble. I am bereft.