This is why I let the wild bees go

10/06/2019 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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The honey bees buzzed into the garden like a striped, determined blizzard, and settled in a wild cherry tree where they became a solid mass that moved constantly yet kept its shape. The way they seethed and settled seemed alarming to this bee-ignorant person. I called a local beekeeper, who said he would turn up the next morning and capture the swarm. In the meantime, cautiously, I studied them. And began to see patterns in their movement.

Firstly,  they were reassuringly peaceful, cocooning and protecting their all-important queen. Then there were individual bees, scouts, who constantly buzzed off to search for a new nesting site in the nearby woods, and returned to communicate their findings to the swarm.


For hours, on and off, I watched them. They were mesmerising. Gradually I began to see the swarm’s point of view. I liked the way so many bees could act as one community. As chance would have it, my own home was about to become a community. Within the week, our disabled son, Tim, would return from college to live a semi-independent life with us. He would bring a team of carers with him. I was looking forward to Tim’s return very much. However, I felt trepidation about the team that would nearly always be with him.

While I watched and waited, the bees quietly buzzed their message, that it’s okay to be part of a community, in which everyone has their role to play. During those hours, my attitude shifted. I began to accept my family’s new phase. Our home shimmered and changed shape around me, becoming its new, more public self.

The next day, I phoned the beekeeper and asked him to come a couple of hours later than planned. I had to go out but also, secretly, I hoped our visiting bees might have the chance to live a wild, free life. And sure enough, in that time the bees lifted and vanished into the woodland. They were gone within seconds. I understood that they had found their own home. And I wasn’t sorry that I let them go.


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  1. Hi Suzanne! This is brilliant! Nature herself sent you a message…..a lovely message that just by listening, you were able to receive! Wow! I sometimes get messages from Nature as well, and I am ever so grateful… I have never been steered wrong by her. I know Native peoples listen to their surroundings, and are aware of storms before they arrive, just like animals are. I also know that if we really listen, we can also tap into this wisdom. I am so grateful for you and all that you share, and I am sure that this next phase of your lives will be positive for everyone. Welcome back Tim. You have an awesome family! Angel hugs and blessings to everyone! Love, Barbara xxxxx How great is it that as soon as you received the message, the bee family could move on? Loved it!


    • Hi Barbara, I meant to reply to you ages ago! Thank you for your kind comment. I love the idea, and practice, of sensing weather events before they arrive. It’s surely a skill that’s available to all who take the time to be still and open to nature. I’m glad nature has been a good guide to you. xxx


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