Honeybees, near and far

We were in London in February, getting home about two weeks before the world shut down for COVID-19, and discovered Fortnum & Mason. We’re not typically souvenir kind of people, but I bought tea and biscuits for everyone in our family. Because the Queen. But I’m on their mailing list now because when it’s safe to travel again, I’d like to go back to England. Today’s newsletter introduces readers to the honeybee hives at Picadilly, on the roof of the F&M building. It made me think of Mr. Sickles and his honeybees, across the pond here in North Carolina.


The meadow is buzzing with happy honeybees … because buttercups. As the weather gets warmer every year, we hold off as long as possible to begin mowing because it takes so much time and gas. And because of COVID-19 self-quarantining measures this year, we’re trying to stretch our weekly mowings out to at least ten days. If the meadow can stand an every-other-week mowing without getting too hairy or snaky, we’ll push it out to 14 days. The upside now is that the buttercups are beautiful. Check it out: