I do wish those daffodils would get a move on and start ‘hosting’ them bloody selves – I’m suffering from the January blues and like Cold Play I need to see some yellow.  “Yellow is the color of, gold butter, and ripe lemons,” Wikipedia poetically quotes  and if you are an artist with short term memory loss like me, ‘in the spectrum of visible light and in the traditional color wheel used by painters, yellow is found between green and orange.’
Oh! So that’s where I put it!!

According to research yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, optimism and spontaneity. In China it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, and wisdom. In some countries however, in the U.S. for example where it is associated with cowardice as in ol’ yellow belly, yellow is unlucky – especially if you don’t want to get stung. Bees and wasps are very attracted to bright colours, especially yellow. The brighter the flower, the more attracted they are. The same can be said of your clothing. If you wear very bright colors, a bee or wasp may mistake you for a flower, and we wouldn’t want that – or would we?

Did you know that Bees could hold the key to preventing HIV transmission? Researchers have discovered that bee venom kills the virus while leaving body cells unharmed, which could lead to an anti-HIV vaginal gel. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this as a preventative measure to stop the initial infection,” professes Joshua Hood, one of the authors of the study.
So girls you know what to do with your manuka honey from now on!

We really do have to make a dedicated effort this year to save the poor old bumblebees. They are fast becoming an endangered species.  The simplest way of course is to plant some bee-friendly plants. That’s if you know enough about gardening to know what those are and unlike me have enough energy to indulge in some gardening. My garden, although very tiny, is a bedraggled jungle. I simply can’t face tackling it – one look and it’s a case of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of it.’ I didn’t even get round to planting any daffs last year because I was too tight/financially stretched to buy any bulbs – what price beauty?  Wandering lonely as a cloud and coming upon a host of golden daffodils in my garden is therefore out of the sonnet/question this spring. But at least I can always repose on the sofa and quote the poem to oneself!

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood, (watching the shopping channel or Judge Rinder!)

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

Back to bumblebees – there is this amazing old lady who raises funds for Age UK by dressing up as a bee. Isn’t she absolutely buzziful and magbuzzifcant – people like her are very rare if not extinct these days.



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