Childhood Imagination Sows Seeds of Future Brilliance
It was such a treat to read my Biddle The Bee story at The Painshill Honey Bee Festival at the weekend. Painshill Park is a beautiful, 18th century garden near Cobham, Surrey, UK. The landscape garden was originally created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773. Over 80,000 visitors a year now visit Painshill Park with its iconic follies. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Beth Meades, who organises Painshill events for all her great help and for printing out the images in a large format so that the children could see the pictures as I read!
The Honey Bee Festival is hosted every year by members of The British Beekeepers Association. Sandra Rickwood and Marion Cooper of the Weybridge Branch invited me to participate and read my story of Biddle The Bee. Marion Cooper helped with the final editing of the book, and I can honestly say that beekeepers are very particular that all the facts in a story should be absolutely correct! Biddle The Bee has their seal of approval! Phew!!!
At the festival, I met Tim and Sally Hutchinson. They are both beekeepers, and I don’t know about you, but I LOVE natural bee products. I can honestly say that their products are superb! I bought some local honey with the honeycomb deliciously, slurpily immersed inside the dripping honey and some wonderful, pure beeswax furniture polish. I don’t normally advertise products, but I think these are a rare find and made with love: You will find Bee Happy products HERE.
As for me, I read Biddle The Bee in a lovely space where actions and songs from the book were sung, and children wrestled with deliberate tongue-twisters such as: “But the bee buzzed by on busy business!” Well! if you were aged between 3 and 7, you’d have fun pronouncing this! And, of course, we danced the Waggle Jive!!! Children love the musicality and rhythm of the rhyme and hearing it read with me imitating all the different voices…doing the bee voice is fun; doing this at my age is even more fun! And, of course, the little ones LOVE the pictures ~ originals courtesy of Marta Pelrine Bacon and coloured with added graphics by yours truly!
Next weekend, I will be reading Biddle The Bee at Wisley Gardens!