The Great British Bee Count starts tomorrow and runs from the 19th May to 30th June. Make sure you download the free app so you can help record the bees you spot!
Bees are really important, they pollinate a third of what we eat including many vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, cocoa beans, coffee and tea and plants such and sunflowers and rapeseed which we turn into oil. Even crops grown as fodder to feed livestock are pollinated by bees.
Put it simply, they’re not just important they play a vital part in sustaining all of our ecosystems.
Bees are dying off, in only 100 years the UK has lost 20 species of bee and a further 35 are in danger of extinction. The Great British Bee Count plays an integral role in finding out more about the dwindling bee population around the country.
If you want to take part, all you have to do is download the free app and count record the bees you see. It couldn’t be easier, and kind of fun too as there are little images of the different bee species for you to record, a great way to boost your bee knowledge. You can even take your little ones out on a bee spotting mission 🙂
Last years bee count was 383,759. I wonder what number 2017 will bring?
Are you taking part in the bee count this year?
It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017 and to celebrate I am giving away a hedgehog brooch and hedgehog stud earrings gift set! Head on over to my Instagram page to enter, it’s easy!
HOW TO ENTER:
- Follow @gingerpickleshop on Instagram
- Like the hedgehog picture
- Tag a friend
What is National Hedgehog Awareness Week?
Hedgehog Awareness Week is an annual event which runs from 30th April to 6th May 2017 and is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how the public can help them.
This year efforts are focussed on the strimmer campaign. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society have produced water proof stickers that they have sent to councils, tool hire companies, grounds maintenance teams, etc free of charge on request. The stickers remind people to check areas for hedgehogs before using any machinery.
As well as checking areas before cutting there are other things you can do to help too:
- Ensure there is hedgehog access in your garden – a 13cm x 13cm gap in boundary fences and walls.
- Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
- Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
- Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
- Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
- Cover drains or deep holes.
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said “We are asking people to pledge to do at least one positive thing for hedgehogs during the week and if possible let us know, send us pictures of the hedgehog hole or home you create, or from the event you organise!”
So there you have it lovelies, I think this is a fantastic campaign and really good for the little hedgehogs, anything we can do to help, as there is nothing worse than seeing our spikey friends in danger.
If you want to find out more, check out the Hedgehog Awareness Preservation Society website for more details.
Hooray! Easter weekend is super close, what do we all have planned? I actually have no plans as of yet, which is quite OK with me as I have a ton of work to crack on with. Hopefully the Easter Bunny will leave me some chocolate to keep me going, that would be very much appreciated!
To celebrate I am giving you lovely lot a special discount code for my entire shop, all you have to do is sign up to the newsletter, it’s super quick and takes 2 seconds!
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I hope you’re all doing fab this Tuesday, the sun has gone away which isn’t so good and I have a pile of work to get through. However, here is something to brighten up a dull day, I created this desktop wallpaper to bring some smiles on a Tuesday afternoon-Download it here!
Hope you love it, if you do please feel free to share it!
Lots of love,
I am currently loving black and gold at the moment! Having recently decorated my home office in a lovely muted soft grey colour with my light white-washed pine table and shelving, I thought the perfect accompanying colours where black and gold…cue my obsession!
Here is a collection of lovely monochrome and gold goodies which have tickled my fancy…what are you currently obsessed with?
1// Black and White Bamboo Basket-£15.00 The Forest & Co via Notonthehighstreet.com
2// Carved Heart You + Me Candle-£25.00 Lily Belle
3// Giraffe Print-£25.00 Meraki Meraki via Notonthehighstreet.com
4// Gold Foil Pineapples Washi Tape-£2.00 Unwrap Colour via Etsy
5// Monochrome Patterned Notebook-£4.00 CJDesignsPaper via Etsy
6// ‘But First Coffee’ Thermal Coffee Mug-£15.00 Ban.do Via Utility Design
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Woweeee, March already, can’t quite believe it! I hope you are all having a brilliant start to 2017 and are enjoying this Spring weather (thank the heavens). 2017 for me hasn’t started off great with my Grampa passing and boyfriend going away for 6 months for work. Determined to keep the positive vibes strong though!
Also, apologies for the radio silence on the blog, if I am being honest it’s been a right old struggle making the time to post regularly, mainly due to the fact I am a one woman band and have to juggle lots of different things at once. Not to fear though, I have decided to actively make more effort in writing good content for my blog, as after all it’s fun to do and I have had a positive response from you lovely lot in the past with all your comments (thanks guys!).
Some musings as of late…
1// Broadchurch is back. YAY! I’m sure “MillAR” isn’t too amused to be working alongside her grouchy partner in crime, but we all are!
2// I am really wanting to knuckle down and make some new art and possibly branch out with some new product launches. At the moment I am just trying to spend more time with pen to paper. ALTHOUGH, I am super keen to treat myself to an iPad Pro + Pen, I think my world would be turned upside down If I got one. This guy is insane! Should I, shouldn’t I? What’s your experience?
3// Currently enjoying #marchmeetthemaker challenge over on Instagram, started by Joanne Hawker as a way of getting to know the person behind the brand and get a behind the scenes glimpse. You have to post a picture everyday according to a theme e.g ‘workspace’, ‘how it’s made’, ‘post/mail’. Here are some of my pictures below…
So that’s it for now, but I need your help! What blog posts would you like to be reading on my blog??
Just a heads up that the notonthehighstreet.com summer sale is ending MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! It is your last chance to grab 20-40% off some of my products and other goodies on the site!
Just thought I would let you know that I am running a discount code on my website, Ginger Pickle. Grab 20% off your entire order, including sale items, with the code HAPPYJULY. Simply enter it at the checkout. Be quick though as it is ending soon!
Hope you enjoy!! 🙂
I thought I would start a new set of posts on my blog called Stockist Spotlight, where I give a big shout out to some of my stockists that sell Ginger Pickle products. It’s a good way to help promote the small independent business out there and I can’t wait to get started!
I sent off a big parcel of my stock to the lovely people at Tayberry Gallery at the start of the month. They have been stocking my jewellery for a few years now and they’re just brill. I am blown away by the items they sell in their gallery, I have never seen so many unique and well made designs, it’s the perfect place to buy items made by British designers.
So who are Tayberry Gallery….
“Tayberry Gallery sells unique gifts, practical items and quality handmade products for yourself and your home. We are based in Perth, Scotland and everything in the gallery is designed and made in Britain. We show various ever-changing collections of British made art and design. Including jewellery, ceramics, wood, textiles, illustrations, paintings, glass, sculpture, prints, cards and more.
Many of our artists and designers are Scottish, and locally based. We choose products that are design-led and of high quality. Most, if not all, of our artists and designers have trained at Universities and Colleges to gain their qualifications and are professionals in their chosen crafts.
Tayberry is run by jeweller Sarah Spalding and wood worker Louise Forbes who both graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2009.”
If you are in the area or just visiting, make sure you check out Tayberry Gallery!
19 Princes St,
Perth PH2 8NG
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I hope you had brilliant weekend, mines was rather lovely. Chilled with the boy on Saturday and headed to a friends house for the most delicious butternut squash and goats cheese risotto, followed by a heavenly slice of vanilla cheesecake with my favourite salted caramel ice cream! All washed down with some lovely white wine. Yum!
Just a quick post today, giving you a little heads up that the notonthehighstreet.com has officially launched, woohoo! Time to grab some great deals. I am selling lots of my own jewellery, cards and prints with 20-40% off!
Have a great Monday!