We are a vegetarian household, but are not vegan, however we still like to say “thank you to the bees” when we eat any honey. But these busy, buzzing insects do more than just make honey, and are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the world’s crops and wild flowers.
It was a real pleasure to be asked by Taylors Teas of Harrogate to help spread the word about how much bees actually do, and what we can do to support them.
It’s been over a month since I told you all about our caterpillars and butterfly friendly plants (see part one here) to help spread awareness of the Wildlife charity ‘Butterfly Conservation’. Not long after that post was published, we had a particularly exciting weekend where the chrysalises started turing into butterflies…
Early one morning, before I did anything else I padded along the landing to have a peek at the chrysalises. I was so excited to be greeted by a butterfly sitting very, very still, it’s wings still not fully open. I hurried to get Bailey as I knew how excited she would be. We both sat there in silence for a few moments, bleary eyed, just looking at this newly transformed creature. The night before, there had been a 3cm long chrysalis, and now there was this beautiful butterfly with its wonderful wings. It’s quite incredible that they can unfurl in that way.
For lots of you reading this ‘slow Fashion’ may be a new concept. Most of the fashion industry is face paced; from the design stage to mass production, garments have a fast turn around so they can be sold at a low cost. This, and trends that come and go with each season encourage buyers to over consume. ‘Slow fashion,’ is a term that was conceived in 2008 by sustainable design consultant Kate Fletcher, she wanted to not just look at how environmentally friendly a single item of clothing is, but she also wanted to address the speed of the whole fashion cycle.
If you follow me over on Instagram you will have already noticed me sharing some big love for the independent label Muny who do ‘slow fashion’ incredibly well. They make beautiful handcrafted clothes for children and women, and also have a range of accessories. Designed in Brooklyn, NY, all the clothes are made from natural fabrics, and are made using wood block printing, handloom weaving, and hand dyeing.
The Wildlife charity ‘Butterfly Conservation’ have teamed up with B&Q, to help spread the word about butterfly friendly plants. When they asked if I’d like to be involved, and help support the project and promote butterfly conservation, I was so excited. Especially since it meant having our own caterpillars (from Gribbly Bugs) that would transform into butterflies. I knew Bailey would be fascinated, and that she would learn so much about nature through the process.
photo courtesy of Michelle @danceypantsdisco
We’ve had a very cold spring here in England, and I can’t believe it is May already. The magnolias and blossoming trees have been reacting to our unseasonal weather, and some seem to have lost their flowers almost as soon as the buds have opened, whereas others only just seem to be in bloom. We actually had snow last week, and I have still been wearing thick socks, gloves and my winter coat. As a result we didn’t get out as much as previous years, so it has been a real pleasure to look at all your Spring (and Autumn) moments. As always, thanks so much for sharing your photos under #slowliving_bloomandharvest. There are over 1,500 photos in the gallery, so do pop over to instagram and take a look at the wonderful moments captured.
Here are a selection of my favourites from April…