while i'm trotting about the countryside on my high horse
i thought i'd share what i found in the Ecouterre newsletter today
so-called "Pollinator Frocks". i'm sorry, but this is taking idiocy to the extreme. the frocks are indeed pretty [printed with leaf pix and macro-images of pollen] but what they are planning to do
feed bees with sugar
is precisely the opposite of what bees need
why not plant a backyard meadow
instead of [as they suggest] hanging a sugar-impregnated garment on the washing line for bees to have a snack at?
sooner or later some clot is going to wear one of these frocks
and wonder why s/he is covered in bees
they like sugar too
what is the point? bees need pollen, not refined sugar. lovely as it is, sugar weakens bees. use it to make salt caramel or rum and grow bee-friendly plants instead
it's almost as good as the suggestion somebody made back in 2003
about creating artificial trees to "reduce the carbon levels"
so far as i can tell they look like giant tennis racquets with venetian blinds attached. mmm, attractive. i'll go sit under that one for a picnic for sure
wouldn't it use more non-renewable resources to construct such things?
what's wrong with planting a tree?
and - flash of lightning thought - it might even do something useful for the bees!!!!
here in Oz, it's simple...plant a eucalyptus [think of it as a vertical meadow]. they all have lovely flowers and
might drop the odd windfall for your dyepot as well....