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(Archived on Thursday - May - 20/05/2021 )

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  Photo was taken yesterday on Chapel Island, Bantry, West Cork (Irl)  
 
One of the smaller islands off Bantry is called 'Chapel Island'. It is only accessible by kayaking or with smaller boats. At the moment the only inhabitants are a small herd of sheep and two donkeys. The two donkeys in our photo were so friendly and curious!

Today is International Bee Day

On This Day
On May 20th 1927 at 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)
On May 20th 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

Birthday's Today
Cher (Actress and Singer) is 75
Jack Gleeson (Actor) is 29
Chris Froome (Pro Cyclist) is 36


Saint For Today is Bernardino of Siena (also known in English as Bernardine. He was an Italian priest and Franciscan missionary.

The latest video I am promoting is called 'The Gift of just ONE tree' - The link is https://youtu.be/Dim2Vc7hw68 (Just copy and paste Thanks!)

 

Thought on Thursday - May - 20/05/2021

Today is World Bee Day (May 20th)

Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. There is no safe chemical.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!

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