A week ago we noticed several smallish bees buzzing around a crack in the outside wall. On closer inspection we realised that they were actually getting into the crack and a short while later flying out.
The following day there seemed to be more. That was when we came to the conclusion that they were making a nest!
Rather bizarre place for a bee nest, don't you think?
I loved this, but my hub was a bit worried about having bees living in the house - and of course being practical - what kind of damage they'd do.
With this in mind and after a long discussion about the appearance of the bees, I did an internet search to discover that they are white tailed Bumblebees. They tend to look for a nest this time of year, colonise it and then die out in Autumn.
According to beekeepers, they are harmless and if left alone for a few months over summer will not cause any problem, besides maybe flying into you on the odd occasion simply because they are bumbling along and probably hadn't noticed you.
Good...no need to get our knickers in a twist. We can simply enjoy their company.
Yesterday we discovered another lot buzzing in and out of the eves of the roof.
Live and let live, I say, shrugging as I walked away, delighted with the prospect of sharing my haven with the fast dwindling Bumblebee population...whilst my hub had a bit of a cadenza.
Um...I haven't told him that this morning I discovered another lot buzzing in and out of the eves on the other side of the house, lol.
I feel privileged and honoured to be blessed by their presence.
Bumble bee symbolism:
The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. At festivals, mead was usually drunk - the main ingredient of which is fermented honey.
Bumblebees usually have fewer individuals in their colonies and store less honey compared with the honeybee. Bumblebees are one of few insects that have the ability to control their body temperature. The queen bee and her workers can shiver their flight muscles to warm themselves in cold weather. This allows them to fly and work at lower temperatures than most other insects. They are also kept warm by their large size and hairy coat.
Some yogi masters are able to slow their heartbeat and adjust their body temperatures when in an altered state. This ability is associated to the ancient initiations of mastering the body, mind and spirit. (This really jumped out at me as I am currently practising this with Yoga Nidra)
Those with this power animal more often than not have strong past life connections to the ancient secrets of longevity and can benefit from yoga. They also make good hypnotherapists.
ALL bees are productive, they stay focused on whatever they are doing and do not get sidetracked from their goal.
The bumblebee is a highly important pollinator of many plants, they hold the power of service. When landing upon a flower to collect its nectar, pollen also attaches itself to the leg. This is then passed on to other flowers, creating a fertilisation process. Their movement from one plant to plant represents the interconnectedness of all living things. The bumblebee is a messenger bringing the secrets of life and service.
If bumblebee finds you, you must follow its lead. If you do this you will come to the destination most suited for your new life awakening.