Day Twenty-Two

The theme for Becky’s  April Squares challenge is ‘top’ 

    1. On Top of the World – summit, crown, peak or uppermost part of something
    2. Under the Big Top – topping or covering (or if you’re really lucky circus)
    3. Room at the Top – first or highest in position
    4. Cherry on Top – something made even more wonderful by becoming square
    5. Top and Tail – or maybe you’d prefer to play around with word combinations such as top dog, top stitch, top full, top line, top fruit, top hat, top secret, top knot, top drawer and top dollar!
bee atop Helenium (Sneezeweed)

Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Theme = Climate Change

Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.”

Perhaps now that people have seen the difference it makes by not having roads choked with traffic, skies filled with planes and cities swamped with thousands of tourists descending from huge cruise ships they might consider what is most valuable to them? Something good may come out of this horrid surreal situation we all find ourselves living through. My hope is that people will appreciate the cleaner air, the value of nature in our lives and a slower, more gentle way of life.

Today’s square honours the work of the bee – a pollinator that keeps us in food and which is under great threat – so if you can, provide a safe place for the bees to nest, drinking water and bee-friendly plants in your garden.

April Squares | Day Twenty-two

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

25 thoughts on “Day Twenty-Two”

  1. Superb shot, Jude. The colours sing. 🤗💕
    Don’t talk to me about Earth Day. I was daft enough to put the banner on the blog and it played havoc with me. Had to repost my squares! And so many people are champing at the bit to get on with their lives that I doubt it’ll make much difference. 🤔💕

    1. It seems to me that people still need to fill their days with something to entertain them given all the crap that is being produced on TV and social media. Whatever happened to simply relaxing, reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee or just day-dreaming? Hopefully enough people will adjust their lifestyles so that the planet can breathe more easily.

      1. I don’t think you can go backwards, Jude. The youngsters like their social media. It’s what they know. And people expect to be able to travel and it will be very hard to reign that in. Higher fares, I guess.
        I’m quite happy with my morning walks, and Portuguese and reading on an afternoon, but it does get restrictive. Mike blames everything on the Chinese and says there’s no way the western world can compensate for them pumping toxins into the atmosphere. I’m sure that’s a very non – PC attitude. Off I go to put the kettle on. No cake. Strawberries and Greek yogurt today 🤗🍓🍧💕

  2. My hope is the same as yours, Jude …. but I’m not holding my breath. Recent uprisings by people demanding an end to isolation proves to me that humans really are quite stupid.

    1. Sigh… sadly Jo, I have to agree with you. I am trying not to be too judgemental, but the actions of some people (and words) leave me speechless.

      1. I am feeling a little more optimistic . . I think a few will change their ways even if simply because they come to like the larder deliveries at home or cannot travel because certain airlines are flying less. The question is though will governments change . . that I am feeling less confident about in their drive to get the economy back on track 😦

        1. It’s all about the money Becky. I still get the feeling that all this lockdown is simply to enable them to put things in place that should already have been available if not for the lack of funding over the last 10 years and the over 70s (and those with existing illnesses) will still be vulnerable, and expendable when we are allowed out.

  3. Great shot of the bee. That sneeze plant must grow around here somewhere, judging by the amount of times I sneeze! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. I don’t know why it has that name Pete, can’t say it has ever made me sneeze, but you are right, pollen levels are high at the moment due to tree pollen. Try not to sneeze in the supermarket queue… 😮

  4. what a beautiful square, and what hopeful words Jude. We can only hope the silver lining will be a change in human behaviour. At least the extended lockdowns will have a small impact this year

    1. Yes. Allow the earth to breathe again. Perhaps we should have an annual lockdown, without the horrid virus of course.

  5. Such a beautiful photo Jude; symbolic of what is good in the world. I go back and forth between hope that people will realise there is so much that is good in a simpler life, and anxiety that stupidity and greed are too powerful to overcome. This morning optimism is on the back foot, but your photo cheers me.

  6. A great post, both the photo and the sentiments expressed. Like Su, I have these very ambivalent thoughts. And the real power, the ‘money talks’ power, remains in very few hands. Mainly the wrong hands. Let’s hope that there’s the opportunity for real debate , and a real will for change. But I’m not holding my breath.

  7. A beautiful photo Jude our bees do need lots of help over here after the fires. Earth Day coming in the middle of this shut down must surely give people, especially the top dogs and CEOs, a look in real time at what could be achieved in a slower less money hungry world. So much change been forced on us. Have my doubts as to if it will last.

    1. I fear that you are right. Money, power greed and selfishness will rule again. If only people could step back and want a simpler, slower, but more rewarding life.

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