This past weekend we heard a few puns as we built our neighbourhoods first ‘bee hotel.’ Yes, it was sort of a work bee. Presence matters, and that played into the word, “be.” All in all, bees are interesting for all ages, and we were all educated as we beautified our neighbourhood. We also put up some butterfly homes and added some strategic plants for hummingbirds, along with signage that gave us ‘advice’ from these creatures. And then the group of us ended with a BBQ meal where we continued to forge relationships.
During the course of the few hours, we had visitors. Their was a wedding in the yard a few houses down, so we had beautifully dressed people come visit. One of our elderly men, who lives a couple houses down from where we worked, also came by to visit (and to give advice), but needed to return to rest due to the hot weather. One grandmother, who had helped earlier, returned with her grandchildren to explore the objectives that our neighbourhood was looking to accomplish. And among those people we need to acknowledge the generosity of one of the neighbours who did not make it, but donated a great deal of material to help get the job done (DB Bobcat).
As I reflect back on the day, I am grateful for all of these many parts we experienced. Personally, I am always pleasantly surprised at what brings value to the neighbouorhood! Perhaps you may want to imagine you were there, and ask yourself which part may have been most valuable from your perspective?