The world today is an uncertain place to live with worries for our physical and mental health. The impact Covid19 has had on the world is astounding. Though this is a difficult time we’re trying to remember to look at the small things we can take pleasure from, to boost our spirits and help us through this troubling experience.

We’re enjoying the first signs of spring, with the emergence of beautiful flowers, it’s a sure sign that the coldness of winter is dying away as the earth warms up. With blue skies, birds tweeting in the trees and the emergence of bees, busy trying to do what they do best.

It’s been declared by the Earthwatch Institute in the last meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of London, that bees are the most important living being on the earth – so it seems very apt that we made Phoebe the Bee our first story of the series.

You may not realise it, but bees have been placed on the endangered list as almost 90% of the bee population globally has disappeared in the last few years. It’s critical that we all try to help, as 70% of the world’s agriculture depends exclusively on bees. They work hard pollinating our crops and currently due to climate change, the uncontrolled use of pesticides, lack of flowers and deforestation, they are having to work even harder just to survive.

Just like in Phoebe’s story, we can all do something to help. At the back of the book and here on the website, we’ve provided some top tips on how you can help the bees. Every reader, young or old, can learn the many ways in which we can make a difference and allow the bees in our area to prosper, even if it’s one flowerpot at a time.

Keep safe everyone, do your bit to help stop this pandemic and stay well.

From all at Tales from Mother Earth.

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When trying to boost your home-schooling day’s activities, wanting to add something creative to the schedule or just plain needing five minutes to boil the kettle(!), why not download a copy of our colouring in page for your children to enjoy?

It’s a great conversation starter for introducing children to conservation starting with how to look after and encourage more bees to your garden.

Our website gives you details on how you can look after, protect and boost the bee population, use our ‘Get Involved’ page for top tips and action points; you can click through to our friends pages too who have even more ideas.

How to:  Right click on the image above.  Click on ‘Save Picture As’ and it’s yours!  Don’t forget to take a photo of the finished artwork and add it to your chosen social media account with #phoebethebee.  If you email the image to us (hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk) we can add them to ‘Your Pictures’ in our ‘Gallery’ here on the website.

 

We were recently invited to Hunton CofE Primary School to run a story workshop assembly.  It was so nice to introduce the whole school to Phoebe the Bee and the plight of bees across the world.  We discussed which other animals need our help and we very quickly agreed that all animals need us to do something to help them thrive, especially in these uncertain times.

It was so lovely to meet the staff and children of the school and I think we were all surprised to learn just how long bees have been on earth and all that they have done for humanity.

Remember to plant your wild flower seeds so that together we can see Phoebe and her friends busy pollinating and collecting nectar.

Thank you to the staff and pupils at Hunton CofE Primary School, it was a pleasure to meet you all.

It was so exciting to meet everyone for spring crafts and story time at Kent Life. We made pipe cleaner flowers, coloured in some Phoebe the Bee pictures and watched the Phoebe story.

We added wildflower seeds to the organic pots – our enormous thanks to Singleton Environment Centre for supplying us with the seeds – we can’t wait to see what grows.

Hopefully everyone went away having learnt a little more about bees.

Take a look at the Our Pictures section of the Gallery to see some photos of the day.

Thank you to everyone at Kent Life in Maidstone for having us.

Tales from Mother Earth joined the Little Seedlings Club to talk about bees! The children all learnt about how important they are.

We made pipe cleaner flowers and planted wild flower seeds in organic pots to take home. We played the musical flower game and had a talk by Mr Bumble, a local beekeeper.

We all had lots of fun and learnt lots too.

Take a look at our photos from the day by checking out the Our Pictures section of the Gallery.

Thank you to everyone at Dobbies in Ashford for making us all feel so welcome.

On World Book Day we were invited in to Willesborough Infants and Junior School to talk about our new book and to host a story workshop on bees!  We played the Honey Pot game to understand just how hard bees work to make a whole pot of honey, then we learnt about how long bees have been on the planet – far longer than you can imagine.  The children also got to win wildflower seeds (thank you Singleton Environment Centre for providing them) to help boost the bee population in their own gardens.

Prior to our visit the children prepared some bee gardens. Have a look at Our Pictures in the Gallery to see their amazing work, we think you’ll agree that they are spectacular and each one a deserved winner!

Thank you to everyone at Willesborough School, it was wonderful to meet you all.

Welcome to our exciting venture that is Tales from Mother Earth and our very first blog. We are super happy to bring you our first book in the Tales from the Countryside series Phoebe the Bee.

By being creative and writing our stories and music, depicting realistic lovable animal characters and insects that reflect the current struggles our wildlife is facing, we hope to ignite action in all of us as we all learn what we can do to improve the situation.

We don’t have to be passive learners, when we can be active. Also, by being active we feel whole lot better about everything as we’re making something happen and therefore change can unfold before our eyes.

In our books we’ve given you not only a list of helpful tips and information on how you can help our wildlife, but also some puzzles and activities to enjoy. After reading the stories you can fill in the blanks in the missing words in our crossword, or why not use your artistic talents by colouring in the cover page. Then, when you can’t possibly add anymore colour to the page, why not take snap and send us your picture to hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk so we can add your page to our Gallery here on the website. Don’t forget, you can always share your picture online by using #phoebethebee

As well as us offering you useful information, we have teamed up with the experts too. On our ‘Get Involved’ page you’ll see further information regarding this, and you can learn many new things. Ever wanted to know how to build a pond in your garden that is a magnet for all wildlife, or your very own hedgehog house for a prickly friend or even a bee hotel from just a simple log of wood – all these and more incredible and cost effective wildlife solutions can be found on these pages thanks to our friends at The Kent Wildlife Trust, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Singleton Environment Centre Ashford.

So, what are you waiting for… we need to bee-kind as Phoebe certainly needs new flowers so her family and all of the amazing pollinators out there can benefit from harvesting the sweet nectar and pollen? Now is the perfect time to get planting your wildflower seeds. I wonder how many bees you can spot in a day when your flowers bloom? You’ll have to write in a tell us.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and learning how you are making a difference for the wildlife in your area. You can do so much, and we want you to enjoy the journey with us. Why not take some pictures of your wildlife in your area and send it through to hello@talesfrommotherearth.co.uk as we would love to see and share your stories.

Lastly, we hope you enjoy our books immensely and engage with the activities. We also hope this gives you a drive and enthusiasm for the wild world around you, knowing that you can be part of something special and that if we work together lasting change really can happen and you’ve helped in that process.

Thank you for being part of the team from all at Tales from Mother Earth.