The sun came out a little this morning but still no bees buzzing in the garden. I am really quite worried, especially after hearing about their decline too in other parts of the world.
We have plenty of flowers and bushes in bloom in the garden and there should be plenty of insect activity but...nada, nothing, zilch. Mr Happy Larder and I are seriously considering hand-pollinating our apple tree this year which might be ok for us to do on one tree but think about orchards? And it's not just apples - bees pollinate a large variety of crops including different types of berries, tomatoes etc. I have found a great report by Friends of The Earth and the University of Reading here in the UK that you might find interesting, even if you don't live in the UK: "Reviving British Bees - why we need a National Bee Action Plan".
On a more cheerful note, I have found a great recipe that I am going to try out for dinner tonight, so watch this space tomorrow for another (hopefully) tasty supper idea.