Bee rescue



It's been ages since I've written to you, mainly because I've had the last 3 weeks or so off work! It began mid August with a wedding in Somerset – all went well and the bride turned up! It was a lovely day.

Then we headed back home to the Isle of Wight for a couple of weeks. I must say the weather was pretty poor this year but there's loads to do over there come rain or shine so we still had a great time.

I came back to work last week to no less than 528 emails! It perhaps, at first, makes me sound popular! But a good 500 or so were group emails to the whole company.

This week got off to a great start on my return. I had a couple of fun hours on air with the one and only Joan Rivers! She, as ever, was hilarious as we celebrated her 15th anniversary on QVC. Joan is renowned for her bumble bee brooches… she's brought us dozens of variations over the years. For Joan, it represents achieving the impossible! Her bumble bees remind me of a very special memory that will stay with me forever.

It was a number of years ago when my son was around 6 years of age. We were on our way to school, and as we left home, he noticed a bumble bee on the ground lying very still on its back. My son looked at me wide-eyed and said,
"I think we can help him."
I said I was sorry but I thought the little bee had died. There was a look of determination and utmost care on my son's face and he said,
"No, it's ok, I think we can help him."

So – although now running a little late for school – we carefully carried the bee indoors on a large leaf. My son popped him on some tissue paper, placed him in an empty margarine tub and rested the bee carefully on the window sill in the warm sunshine.

The look on my sons face was a picture… he was so gentle and caring in the way he handled the bee. Time was ticking by, and the school bell was minutes away. Yet, still we waited and stared quietly at the little bee… and then, quite suddenly, the bee started to move.

At this point, I'm utterly astounded, but my son is in no way surprised… this, it appears, is what he expected! The little bee's wings started to flutter and second by second it was getting stronger, suddenly, the bee took flight.  We opened the window and the bee went on its way. 

"There we are dad, he's fine now, let's go to school!"

See you soon

Charlie x


  1. Mrs Elizabeth Farley September 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    I am from Totnes me and my sistetinlaw watch you this afternoon and we are looking forward for tonight programmes we are a fan of charlie bears on facebook we would like to know when the tom bear is coming in stock in shop and could you make a day to mansion our names on the show tonight our names are Heather and Elizabeth from totnes

  2. Karen Davis September 21, 2010 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    hello Charlie,
    I understand that you were at Robin Hill at the end of August this year watching Mama Mia ‘under the stars’ ? I was there visiting with my family and heard your name mentioned. Wasn’t it a lovely evening? Hope you enjoyed it too and sang along with the rest of us !

  3. Shirley Millington September 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, what a lovely story about your son and the bumble bee. Aren’t children wonderful, they have such belief and I think us grown ups could learn a lot from them!
    Best wishes

  4. Miss H Smith September 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    I was watching you on Charlie Bears and you teased us with an event that was happening to you soon.(Nov i think you said) You said it was a surprise to you.Please spill the beans as my mind is over heating with ideas as to what you meant.You bad boy for doing this to us. LOL

  5. charlie brook September 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for your lovely feedback…. I am really excited about Charlie Bears in November… I so want to spill the beans! Let me chat with Charlie, Will and the QVC buyer to see how much I can give away….! I’m really excited as it’s a Charlie Bear which means a great deal to me and came about purely by accident!
    charlie x

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