Bee Love Award (from Yeka)


My friend Yeka is ALL ABOUT LOVE! She believes in showering love on us all with the highest levels of passion from her wonderful blog.

This award is her special and happy way of saying thank you to us all. Her intention is “to spread our LOVE community-wide and so she‚Äôd appreciate our happy participation.¬† However, if you choose not to join in she still hopes your nomination puts a smile in your heart knowing that you are loved and appreciated. ūüôā


  1.    Attach the BEE LOVE AWARD LOGO on top of your post.
  2.    PIng back to YBP, IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE.
  3.    Thank your fellow blogger who nominated you.
  4.    Share your Definition of LOVE and How You Live Out LOVE.
  5.    Nominate your fellow bloggers who live out love and inspiration on WP.  (Love knows no limits, so nominate as many fellow bloggers you’d like to shine your light on!)

My Definition of LOVE

The ability to have an affectionate and intimate connection with another person is one of the most important things there is in life.

Living Out LOVE

It feels amazing to give love and to receive love. I make sure my beloved husband feels just as loved as he makes me feel.


If you’re one of the few bloggers who’ve not already been nominated by Yeka, consider yourself another one of the chosen few. Feel free to join in and spread the love!


Unbelievably, we had a colony of bees on our balcony a few years ago. Want to know what happened to them? Read all about it here and here.

Uninvited guests

No, it’s not the outlaw (my nickname for the mother-in-law)! Last week, we noticed a number of wasps on the terrace outside of the kitchen but they soon buzzed off. Several days later, the guardian of our building advised that my neighbour on the 4th floor had been inundated with bees, did I have a similar problem? I said that there’d been a few wasps a couple of days ago, but they’d now gone. Actually, they hadn’t gone, they’d just gone to ground. And they weren’t wasps, they were bees. More specifically, they’d built a nest under the full length tablecloth on the table outside our one and only guest room.

Initially, because we thought they were wasps, we checked on the internet how best to evict our unwanted visitors. We decided to go for the low tech approach: sugar water in a bowl. The wasps showed no interest in this whatsoever and on closer inspection, we realised they were bees.  We learned that a large number of bees escaped recently from a hive which was being moved nearby. We  think some of them have moved in with us.  Bees pollinate, present no real problem or danger, and are generally felt to be good for the environment, so we decided to wait and see what happens: honey anyone?

In a slightly warmer climate, one does have to take care not to attract unwanted guests, such as¬†¬†ants, mosquitos¬†and cafards. Living in an apartment block does pose its own problems. If one of you has an infestation, you all have one. As a consequence, we are regularly fumigated for all sorts of wee beasties. My own bete noir¬†are the pigeons¬†who tend to while away their days either roosting on the blinds or on the terrace balustrade. A number of neighbours have put fine wire the length of the balustrade but then the blighters¬†sit on their garden furniture. Of course, it’s not the pigeons¬†per se, more their droppings which pose a hazard. When the cat from next door¬†prowled the length of our (very long) terrace, the pigeons¬†took flight. However, after Mimosa (the cat) squandered a number of her nine lives falling from the 5th floor, our neighbours barricaded their terrace. I am loathe to¬†acquire a cat merely to dissuade¬†the pigeons.

During the summer months, we get lots of small lizards who enjoy sunning themselves on the wall but given that they feast on other creepy¬†crawlers, they’re welcome to drop by. Rodents rarely make it up to the 5th floor although we do have a large population of squirrels on the Domaine. In my mind, squirrels = vermin with bushy tails. We also have a large population of magpies who regularly engage in running battles with the Domaine’s¬†ducks: bigger, but not as fleet of foot. I’m sure there’s lots of other critters who, like us, enjoy living here but it’s largely a peaceful co-habitation.

Back to the bees! How did we persuade them to move out?