The Orchards at the Orchard and Thoughts on Saving the Bees

 

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you!  I’m back after an awesome Saturday spent at the Apple Orchard. Some of us moms got together and we took our sons to one that was close to home.

It was the perfect fall day. A crisp breeze blew our hair back, but it left us with that sharp, fresh cleanness that only a brisk wind can. The sun was out, but it didn’t take the chill away. It was perfect for playing games, hot cider, and donuts.

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We’re trying to get outside as much as we can before winter’s hibernation. The theory this year is we’re going to have a snowy one. According to one source, the Great Lakes are the warmest they’ve ever been and as a result we’re supposed to get more snow. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for snow days. I’m just as bad as my kids on that one. 🙂

We’ve been fortunate, these last two seasons have been awesome. We had that hot, steamy weather that I love in the summer, and because of it, we made some awesome memories at the lake. I witnessed some beautiful sunsets and some glorious starry nights.

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I’m awe-struck by the beauty of the Universe. Our Planet is amazing. I see it when I go on hikes or take my kids to the orchard, don’t you? I always take a minute to stop and breath in the crisp or humid air (depending on the season), then I take in the bright colors of autumn or the brilliant shades of the setting sun.

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I enjoy my hikes alone because I’m able to think about the stories I’m writing and solve plot issues, walking in nature does that for me.  But when we went to the orchard, I was glad I had the other moms with me. We got to bond and the boys deepened their friendship with each other. I’m grateful they’ve found some great friends, and I’m excited to see all of them grow up together. I hope they stay friends forever. 🙂

When I think about my boys and their friends and the future they may have, I wonder about what kind of world we’re leaving them. I hope we leave our kids with a healthy planet and not a dying one. We need to save the bees. Without them, there would be no apple orchards or wonderful autumn colors. Our plant life would die off, and trees would stop growing which means our oxygen supply is in peril.

Photo credit: Pinti 1 via Visualhunt / CC BY

Did you know that honeybees and wild bees are the pollinators of the majority of the crops we eat? Out of 100 crop species that provide us with 90% of our global food supply, 71 are bee pollinated. Check out this article for more info http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/17/opinion/spivak-loss-of-bees/

What can we do to save the bees? We can plant flowers that aren’t contaminated by pesticides. We need to feed the bees so they can feed us. So we can enjoy our wonderful nature walks and all the pollinated fruits and vegetables they provide. Let’s leave the Earth a beautiful place for our future generations.

 

Photo via Visual hunt

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. If you have any suggestions on what we can do to save the bees, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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21 Responses to The Orchards at the Orchard and Thoughts on Saving the Bees

  1. Absolutely LOVE the beauty of this world!
    We stumbled across an abandoned apple orchard once in when we lived in Colorado.Robins were sheltering there for the Winter! Where I live now, (Ky), was an apple orchard and the neighbors kept the last tree for as long as they could. We had a terrible drop-off in bees a few years ago, but they seem to be making a comeback, thank Heaven! No pesticides on my flowers and the bees are welcome!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      That’s awesome, Tonette. I’m with you about the beauty of this world. It’s amazing and I hope we can preserve it. Kudos to you for no pesticides! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. It’s amazing to think about this one creature and what it does for our world. I think educating young learners helps. I was an adult before I realized how important bees were. Thanks for your post.

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Lisa, I see that you have caught the “wonderlust” spirit like I. There is much inspiration in this post that offers a real love of nature. Perhaps, you will take that crisp photo of the apples and merge one of your thoughts to create a digital composition for my Autumnventure Gallery. Please consider that. Your photo image would be a great addition.

  4. Adrienne says:

    I love apple season, though most of my apple wandering is between varieties available at the grocery store. The world has beauty and bounty to offer.

  5. What a wonderful day Lisa!

  6. pinkiebag says:

    Hi, I would love to visit an apple orchard hopefully one day. We got a small insect house the other year and placed it above our herbs. It seems to attract the bees, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/

  7. I do. I really do see the magnificence of this planet. I love it. I’m glad you got to see some sunsets and starry nights. 🙂

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