Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Busy Bees and the Pirate

Well, I was planning to do Ruby Tuesday today - I have a few pictures for it, but I'm over tired and it's late and I'm cranky, so I'll catch up next week, I guess. It remains kind of chilly here in Hancock, though it at least looks like Spring. Grey, rainy Spring, but grey with lots of yellow and pink and green decorations on it, so I don't mind the blah skies so much.

Given my penchant for worry, I'm worried at the moment about the bees. There don't seem to be very many of them this year. Of course, there's a good chance that this has more to do with the chilly weather than the health of the bee nation, but I know there were concerns in some parts of the country last year about a mysterious illness that was killing off bees so I have it in my head that bees here are now endangered. I hope I'm wrong. I took some pictures the other day. Nothing too inspiring, but it kept me entertained. I was going to title today's post How Doth the Little Busy Bee? But I wanted to talk about Tara Grace too, so I'll just share the poem instead... It's a Victorian piece written by someone named Isaac Watts. I don't know why I remember it, but it's one of those things that - at least the first few lines - get stuck in your (my) head:

How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower

How skillfully she builds her Cell
How neat she spreads the Wax
And labours hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes

It gets a touch preachy from here on and blogger is refusing to hold the formatting which is making me REALLY irritable and frustrated, so if you want to read the last two stanzas, you can go here to see the whole poem. . .

On another note, the Dread Pirate Tara the Gray has taken over Sweet Tara Grace, the good and demure. Part of the reason I am tired an cranky is because unlike Tara, the Dread Pirate is not at all cooperative about letting me sleep in the morning and paces around - up and down, up and down - at bed time, muttering and yowling. I did get some nice pictures of her while she was on break from scolding me the other night, though my picture-taking set her off on another round of criticism. (I think she channels my mother at these times, but I could be wrong.) I wish I understood feline. I'd love to know what she's saying. I think. Anyway, Angel has had a number of solos this past week, so I thought I'd give the Dread Pirate her shot at fame. There has been a shortage of crunchies (Tara's favorite treat) over the past week. I don't know if that's what all the yelling is about or if it's something else. We are due for a delivery of the sacred food later today, so I guess I'll find out.

You will do what I want. And you will do it now....

Happy Gray Tuesday!!
And Happy Cinco de Mayo!!


Nessa said...

Well, at least that one bee is working hard.

Joanna said...

That little cat does look a bit put out in the last photo. I bet it's the lack of her favorite food that's creating her whining. Hope your day improves.

Unknown said...

I'm glad I was able to stop by today...LOVE the pictures of Tara...she's so pretty!

Our weekend was so great...had intended to write a blog about it but I'm still recovering from the sleep deprivation! I think I slept about 6 hours the entire weekend, at most. But it was a very good weekend. I'll fill you in soon...am only home for a quick lunch break...have to get back now. More later!

Stephanie V said...

Wonderful bee photos!

gabrielle said...

One good poem deserves another. It’s it wonderful how these gems resurface?

TO make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

Emily Dickenson

Loved the bee photos and of course how you captured Tara Jeckyl.
I hope the crunchies calm the savage beast and you are able to get some rest.

moosh said...

Cats are such strange creatures, hard to read but I love them. We have a bee shortage in my area. Many less than I use to have. HRT with grey

Batteson.Ind said...

cats are too ethereal for anyone of us mere mortals to translate! To be honest, they make me a bit afraid, that last picture is the reason why!..lol

quilly said...

So, has Tara been spayed? If the answer is "no" than she's suffering from [ahem] Spring Fever.

Carin said...

Lovely bee photo's on the Dandelion. Just yesterday I posted something about the Dandelion. Am I seeing Pentecost flowers between the Dandelion?
Thanks for sharing the poem. Really nice. I love poems.
Oh and about the gray weather. Here is the same: a grey, rainy day! Not my favourite. Yak!

Linda Murphy said...

You should hop over to my friend Julie's blog. She photographed a bee using the Eyeclops microscope camera-it is really amazing and a little freaky too.

She is on my sidebar as a Work in Progress.

Arrgh, Dread Pirate-she is one cute pirate though.

Felisol said...

Dear Raven,
About the bees.
I talked with an aunt of mine, (yes, I have several),on the telephone two weeks ago. Suddenly she shushed, "go home now, you aren't supposed to be here yet."
"Eh, have I done something wrong?"
"I wasn't talking to you, my dear.There's a be outside my window. She's not supposed to be here until the apple trees are blossoming.You now birds and bees, flower on the trees.."

Bottom line. As long as the fruit trees are not blooming, you shouldn't worry about the bees. I see from you beautiful pictures that the bee is collecting flower pollen from the dandelions.
She is doing her work for the honey production anyway.

Tara is looking longing and a bit sad. Can all those emotion come from lack of her favorite food?
Tell her she is a beauty queen and that her name should be Cleopatra.
Extraordinary eyes.
They really talk to me.
Nicely though.
From Felisol

Deborah Godin said...

Oh my goodness, I'd forgotten all about that bee poem! Truth be told, I never never it well, and only discovered it throught Lewis Carroll's parody of it (by Tweedledum and Tweedledee, I think it was)

Bryan said...

All I can say...AMAZING PHOTOS!

Dr.John said...

I hope the Bees are on their way back.
I liked the Bee pictures better than the cat.

maryt/theteach said...

Gorgeous portrait shots of a gorgeous kitty kat! :)