Pipa Gordon and her daughterThere's nothing like missing out on all the action is there??

Last weekend, we went off to see a matinee performance at our local theatre starring lots of our school friends in the local Am. Dram. performance of Oliver. As any one of us would do, I duly switched my phone off so as to not interrupt the performance should I receive a text/call and thoroughly enjoyed the two hour performance beautifully acted out by the children particularly.

(Not mine however as rehearsals clashed with work; next year though we will do it, possibly even all of us as you may have guessed that even I am rather partial to treading the boards every now and then!!).

Bee keeper on the lawnAfter the show finished, we went off to the local sports shop for Myles to spend his saved pocket money – earned from car washing and his regular pet duties – on a new cricket bat (the highlight of his day!). Whilst at the till, I switched on my phone to check the time only to be met with a barrage of texts and messages from my neighbours!!

It seemed that whilst we were watching Oliver, approximately 60,000 bees swarmed into my garden and took up temporary residence along a branch of one of the apple trees. HOW UNFAIR IS IT THAT WE WEREN'T THERE?????

Lucky for me, one of my neighbours keeps bees and was summoned quickly by my other neighbour who witnessed the entire event, whilst kindly rescuing my dog who was curiously ambling nearby.

Bee keeper with hivesBy the time I came home all that was left was a rather loud buzzing upside down cardboard box with a note on the gate saying "I will return at 7" … and a very excited lab who had spent a couple of hours in a different garden (oooh the new smells!)

7pm came and so did the Martian … AKA: James from next door dressed in his bee keeping finery, which the children were rather wowed by! He picked up the box and traipsed off to his garden where conveniently an empty hive was waiting. We traipsed along behind, somewhat reminiscent of a scene from Dick Whittington and watched him decant the bees into the hive whilst kindly giving us a running documentary… every day's a school day!

So, joy of joys, all's well that ends well. I hope you are enjoying the much better weather we are having recently despite the odd blustery shower!! We recently celebrated Shakespeare's birthday locally in Stratford-upon-Avon and whilst it was rather windy, the sun shone on a rather memorable occasion!

There's always a bit of excitement to be found somewhere in the day isn't there? We are now just awaiting our honey :)

Love to all,

Pipa X

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