The bee and the Fuchsia.

With all that’s going on in the world it might serve us well to re-visit what life might be really about.

I say might, because people have priorities that differ from mine. I just read that the Government is getting concerned about the economic stimulus packages that were meant to keep people from starving. It now turns out, the money is being used by many feeding poker machines instead. Can you believe how far some have moved away from what life is about?
It has always been a puzzle that the clubs, especially returned soldiers clubs (RSL) use the revenue raised by gamblers to provide aid and support to the soldiers or their families, victims of wars. However, I believe that the victims of addicted gamblers might well outnumber victims of wars.
Here is the solution to both the troubled world and the gambling.


The picture shows the humble bee at work collecting sweet nectar to take back to his hive. The Mexican Fuchsia is now so laden with flowers that I had no option then to put both of them outside. While inside and during the night, they would be so busy cross-pollinating that my spotted-gum wooden floor would be covered with the result of their cavorting. In any case, the bee and this lovely plant is so in contrast to people shuffling off to the clubs feeding money into machines. The bee feeds honey into the hive and then they have a queen bee as well they can shower with even more attention.

If the bee is one attraction what about the next one? For a few months now I have been following the growth of some daffodil bulbs that I planted. I thought they were a bit slow in flowering when all around me the gardens were yellow with them. It turned out my daffodils were blue instead. My neighbour pointed out they were irises instead.


15 Responses to “The bee and the Fuchsia.”

  1. Big M Says:

    Mrs M and I were sat in the outdoor spa just yesterday mesmerised by the Rosellas and bees taking turns at Bauhinia flowers. The immediate neighbour has just installed two beehives, so there are bees everywhere. Certainly a better hobby than feeding the one armed bandits!

    I’ve always been puzzled by the need to gamble. I think the result of the stimulus package to pensioners under Rudd was that an estimated quarter of that money went through poker machines. The economists didn’t care, it was still cash that was injected into the economy.

    At least we still have the birds and the bees.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, they are hectic times for bees, Big M. Keeping beehives have become popular. There is a lot to bees that I don’t know about. There are working bees and soldier bees, and honey collectors. I see beekeepers in full protectors gear with face shields etc., and then there are beekeepers who just give the bees a bit of a hit with some smoking device. Is he giving them a bit of taste of a good joint?

      I played the pokies once and promptly lost about $ 8.75 back in the early seventies. I never went back to the pokies. Those sad faced elderly ladies feeding coins in a machine doesn’t inspire me.

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  2. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    There you go, Gerard, no need for all that daffodil worry at all!
    We know of someone who earned enough from Jobkeeper to buy a brand new car! Perhaps the stimulus packages should have been dealt with in a different way. Maybe some money should have been given to those β€˜below the line’: the international students marooned in Australia, and those on temporary visas who received nothing at all. I dread to think how they are all surviving.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it has all become so confusing with the different job keeper, job giver, and job taker subsidies. Ii get a $69 supplement every three months, and I for the life of me don’t know what this is for. Is it towards my electricity bill? Is it some kind of stipend for the elderly?

      On my bank statement it says PNS, which could mean pension, but I don’t get a pension. That was taken away as a result of my wife passing when the assets used to be split, and now just in my name. Apparently I became over the threshold of a pension eligibility.

      It is just as well, we can enjoy the irises and bees. I love my little garden, Jane.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Your brilliant opening sentence/thought is something I’ve been thinking a LOT about over the past 6+ months.
    I’m not sure some people will ever get past just barely “scratching the surface” in life. 😦

    Your photos are beautiful, Gerard! πŸ™‚ I love seeing the bees (and butterflies) around here and knowing that they are still doing their jobs! πŸ™‚

    Ha! You make me laugh! πŸ˜€ When I saw your “daffodils” I thought…hmm…those look like my fav irises! πŸ˜€

    My whole life I’ve found company, comfort, hope, encouragement by communing with nature…watching, planting, watering, just enjoying…and that practice has served me well.
    I prefer nature over most other things/places. Especially these days. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PATS and RUBS!!! πŸ™‚

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, it is so fortunate to have nature and to live within the things that are given to us so generously. With my Mexican Fuchsias, the flowers turn into berries which according to what I read are some of the most desirable berries known to mankind. I carefully tasted a few but to me they are a bit bland.

      I have to learn more about the world of bees and ants too. Ants make amazing structures and can move very large objects by the force of communal efforts. They work in organized manners. They are capable of planning and plotting. Amazing!

      Glad to hear you are in good health, Carolyn. There is nothing like getting a good pass from the doctors. I have given all my plants a bit of a feed by mixing seaweed extract with water and giving it to the plants. Spring is now in full glory.
      Good hugs to you and Cooper xxx

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        Fuchsias have always been one of my fav flowers! I’ve never tried the berries. Maybe they need to be eaten in ice cream or with chocolate or wine or something. Ha. πŸ™‚

        Insects have always fascinated me. I enjoy learning about them. But I prefer them to do their thing outside and not inside my house. Ha! πŸ™‚

        Thank you! πŸ™‚ I was so thrilled to get the good news so far from all of my doc visits and med tests. I am awaiting another test result this week.

        Your plants are well-taken care of by you, Gerard! I’m sure they feel loved.

        Coop and I appreciate the hugs! πŸ™‚

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Glad you are in good health, Carolyn. We are now getting into the seasons of bush fires, floods, droughts and insects.
        As far as I know I have no medical appointments lined up. The fridge door looks empty and only has an emergency phone number for the fire brigade and the local vet in case of Milo getting something.

        Th dychondra seeds haven’t germinated, perhaps it was too cool and I was impatient. We shall see.



  4. shoreacres Says:

    I had to laugh at your daffodils transforming into irises while your back was turned. They are beautiful; either one would satisfy me. I smiled at our comment about the ants, too. Yesterday I happened to notice what seemed to be little bits of leaf walking on the ground. It turned out that leaf-cutter ants were carrying them. They’re amazing, really, and even though the photos aren’t the best, I’ll be showing them in my blog. Each leaf piece was the same size; eventually, I found the plant they were stripping of greenery. I’ll say this — their pinchers are pretty darned serious looking. I suppose they’d have to be, to cut through the leaves, but I’m certainly glad they’re only a half-inch long!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, ants are amazing creatures, hard working and no sitting in the sun for them. For some years now we have been alerted to one of your inhabitants, the fire or red ant. They somehow found their way in through the nets of customs and borders, some nests were found in West Australia. We, in Australia have been fortunate through strict import controls to avoid some of the both insect and agricultural pests common in other parts of the world. It’s often a case of the imported pests not having any enemies or natural inhibitors. Sometimes innocuous nursery or garden plants from outside that bring in diseases that can overwhelm the natural order of things.
      One of the worst were the rabbits. The next one, the fox and others.

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  5. rangewriter Says:

    Cavorting plants and Irises usurping daffodils. What a world!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am starting to slip. I was sure they were daffodil bulbs that I bought soon after moving in here during April or so.
      I kept hoping to see yellow coming through the buds. But the buds brought on suspicions because they were straight up while daffodils are pointing down. So much for my garden expertise.

      Just watched the debate between Pence and Kamala Harris. I suppose you heard that Mike Pence’s secret desire of being spanked by a strong black woman came true.

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      • rangewriter Says:

        That damn fly in his hair spilled all the secrets.

        Really, with all you were juggling when you moved in, it is no surprise that you mixed up a few bulbs. The Iris are prettyβ€”-although for personal reason I struggle mightily over those flowers.


  6. berlioz1935 Says:

    This is a great take on life and the human species does not appear in a good light.


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