Spending time in nature 


It’s a friendly garden. The birds, bees and fish are happy here. It’s a good place to rest and spend time in nature.

I’ve taken a break these past two weeks after being in hospital with breathing difficulties. Perhaps moving home, work and bronchitis all caught up till my body said ‘stop’. So that’s what I did.

The doctors and nurses have been wonderful and I’ve had the best of care. I’ve got a lot of thank you letters to write from the kind Boots pharmacists where I first fell ill, to the fantastic A&Es at University Hospital London and Hillingdon Hospital where I was treated, to the lovely doctors at Sameday clinic for their reassuring support.

I don’t like to do nothing and I’m impatient to get back to everything. John has been incredible, and both our families have been making sure that I’ve taken life more slowly.

My lovely hive partner Emily has been taking care of our bees and sent me these beautiful flowers! I also had a lovely get well card from my work and John’s work has been amazingly supportive in giving him time to look after me.


Spending time in nature with the insects that I love, listening to the birds singing, and spying the frog in the pond has been the best medicine.

I hope you don’t mind me taking a break from blogging and from reading all the blogs I follow too. It won’t be long till I’m back with more stories from the bees, some new creatures, and the garden.


49 thoughts on “Spending time in nature 

  1. Emma I am so sorry that you were taken ill… It sounds as if you have a loving network of support from those you love and from friends.. You must take all the time needed to recover, and Love the view of your new garden.. I am sure all the tension and work when you moved weakened you.. Illness often comes to slow us down.. You do right to listen to your body and follow the promptings of your thoughts … Have a restful time recovering and regaining your strength..
    Love and Hugs
    Sue ❤

  2. So sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. I hope you’re well on the road to recovery now. Time in nature truly is healing so I hope you can get out and in it soon. Take care!

    • Thank you. I’m being told now to put down my phone and rest this afternoon so also sorry for briefest answers to not being able to get back to all comments yet. But time is the best healer 🙂

  3. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Emma. And will just pass on something which may or may not be related to your breathing problems, as I discovered something about it yesterday on the web. Do you breathe with your mouth open, because many of us do so without realising. It can set up a heap of trouble. Breathing through the nose plus calm abdominal breathing is apparently what humans were equipped for. 🙂

  4. I’m sorry to hear you are ill and in hospital! After my winter of breathing difficulties (different cause/s) I have much empathy and understand how quickly one can become debilitated. I hope you are on the mend and home soon!

  5. Sorry to hear that you have been in hospital – hope you will be fully recovered soon. We never appreciate how lucky we are to be healthy and what a wonderful machine the human body is until illness strikes.

  6. You and Emily seem to be the worse for wear. You’re very busy. The results show with the amazing job you are doing with the bees and it sounds like you are taking some deserved rest. It’s been 14C or less these last few weekends – so I have little idea what is happening in my new nucs after the winter wipe out. My little contact with them has been good as the bees seem gentle. And I have a new Bee Suit which I think might result in fewer stings this season. Good luck and happy beekeeping.

    • Gentle beekeepers often make gentle bees, I think, so you must be doing well with your girls! This winter I’ve heard quite a few hive losses, which I wasn’t surprised due to the milder weather that persevered and shortly followed by a cold snap. I feel bees do better when winter is freezing when the cold ensure that bees cluster and beekeepers don’t meddle 😉 Beekeeping years have ups and downs, I’d like to think we’re on the up now, including my health. Thanks for your good wishes 🙂

    • Thank you Donna and I hope you’re feeling fully recovered this year too. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why life makes someone stop and take a break, but it’s best to go with it and get better as you say. I’m feeling much stronger than I was.

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