Dad and I took a lovely walk with Willow to East Park in Hull. It was a gorgeous day today and with it being Summer holidays and all- a lot of families was there with their kiddies running around. In the middle of the park is a paddling area where there's lots of kids in swimsuits splashing about and having fun in the water. Then as Dad and I are passing, this little girl is screaming and crying her little head off. She must've been about 6 or so years old.
She's screaming "Nanna!!!....... Nanna!" and bless her, she's so distressed.
There were over a hundred people there, playing, chatting, swimming. A few Mums with kids walked by her, lots of people looked at her but NOT ONE person stopped to go over and help her. After about 30 seconds of watching this go on, I had to go over myself.
When I was about 7 or 8 I was with my brother and we lost my Dad near some shops and it was terrifying. So I knew exactly how this poor little girl felt.
So, with no-one doing anything, I went into the playarea and went up to her and asked her who she was looking for. She was so upset and clearly distressed that she lost her Nanna so I took her hand and told her we'd find her and that I'd stay with her until we did. After calming her down, we only walked for 2 minutes or so around the park before she recognised her Nanna and went running to her.
But still, there were so many Mothers around looking at her and not one person stopped to see if she was okay?
What the hell happened to people caring and looking out for one another? I thought people were a little more sensitive and bolder than that. Perhaps not.
If I hadn't gone over to that little girl, I wonder how long she would have been stood there screaming and crying for her Nanna.
Today it felt great to see the gold painted telephone box and post box for Luke Campbell winning GOLD in the olympics 2012. My Dad was kind enough to take me out so I could see them and have a photo with them. Even though I didn't go to the olympics, I feel like I can still be a part of the olympic spirit. Very inspiring to see these gold medal tributes.
First British boxing gold medal champion since 1908. Inspirational!!
'There are more than 2000 species of solitary bee in Britain. They are so named because unlike honeybees and bumblebees, they do not live in colonies. The first solitary bees to appear in the garden, as early as March each year, are the miner bees (Andrena). Similar to honeybees in appearance, they lack pollen baskets on their hind tibiae. These hairy bees make nests in the ground, usually in sandy soil and along paths. The female will dig the best, stock it with nectar and pollen and then seal it, leaving the young to fend for themselves. Also to be seen later on in the season are the leaf-cutter bees such as the Megachile species, which cut neat circles out of role leaves and petals to build nests in dead plant stems or sometimes in stacks of old flowerpots. these bees resemble honeybees but can be distinguishes by the bright orange pollen brushes under their abdomens. All solitary bees are excellent pollinators and should be encourage into your garden.' Taken from RES
So bearing all of that interesting info in mind, Dad and I worked on a little project to make a little 'Bee Hotel' to encourage solitary bees to nest. It is estimated that a third of all food consumed by humans (1 in every 3 mouthfuls) is a result of bee pollination. I've tried to break it down into little stages if you would ever consider making one yourself.
Thank you Peter for kindly cutting all our wood :)