Sarracenia and Bee

This evening we watched a bee being eaten by a sarracenia. A sarracenia is a carnivorous plant and one sits on our kitchen table to help keep down the number of flies.

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This evening we watched a bee being eaten by our sarracenia. A sarracenia is a carnivorous plant and one sits on our kitchen table to help keep down the number of flies.

A short film is available on YouTube showing the sarracenia and bee:

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Carnivorous Plant Eating a Bee

Until today we have been wondering how effective the carnivorous plant was at trapping flies. The number of flies has dwindled to almost zero and the plant seems to be thriving, if growth is any indicator.

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This March we bought a carnivorous plant from our local garden centre. We wanted something to help keep down the number of tiny flies that like to buzz around our kitchen during the hotter months.

We ended up getting a sarracenia. This is not the traditional venus flytrap type of plant, but a lure down and digest them type of plant.

Until today, we had been wondering how effective the carnivorous plant was at trapping flies. The number of flies has dwindled to almost zero and the plant seems to be thriving, if growth is any indicator.

Despite these suggestions of success, we had not seen anything trapped by the plant.

Mother Nature

This afternoon’s performance would have been a good moment to show to children; a “teachable moment”, a phrase I hope never to actually utter. We watched enthralled as a sizeable bee flew into the kitchen through an open window, around the plant, then landed time and time again on the plant’s lethal tube like structures.

Bee feeding on a carnivorous plant Bee feeding on a carnivorous plant Bee feeding on a carnivorous plant

The bee was eating the sticky droplets around the edge of tube.

Bee on the edge of a carnivorous plant

After a few minutes of this, the bee became more daring and proceeded to crawl down one tube. Luck seemed to be on the bee’s side. The tube was too small and the bee was able to wriggle itself free.

Bee on the edge of a carnivorous plant

Bee on the edge of a carnivorous plant

The second time the bee ventured too far. The tube was big enough. We watched with mixed emotions at the sight of the bee struggling inside half way down the tube. Then suddenly the shadow of the bee slid all the way down. Firmly lodged, head first, into the tube. There it wriggled but with no possibility of escape.

Last moment before the bee slips into the sarracenia
Last moment before the bee slips into the sarracenia
The bee is trapped at the base of a sarracenia
The bee is trapped at the base of a sarracenia

A short film of the sarracenia and bee shows the final moments.

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St Michaels – Bath

St Michaels has clearly moved with the times. Inside the walls are crisp, clean, and the upper level is a delight. The walkway from staircase to the church offices is a delightful mixture of wooden railings with a glass floor.

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St Michaels is a beautiful church in the centre of Bath. Inevitably overshadowed by Bath Abby, St Michaels contains a stunningly modernised interior.

Panoramic view inside St Michaels in Bath
Panoramic view inside St Michaels in Bath

St Michaels has clearly moved with the times. Inside the walls are crisp, clean, and the upper level is a delight. The walkway from staircase to the church offices is a delightful mixture of traditional wooden railings with modern glass floor.

It is not only the decoration that has moved with the times, a cafe has made its home at the back of the church. Nestled behind the pews is seating, a few tables, and a dedicated food and drink preparation area.

The decision to commit so fully to becoming a more welcoming useful space must have been difficult. It took a few moments to become comfortable with the sacrilege but what purpose is an empty dying church? Better to embrace a daring path, than suffer an assured decay.

St Michaels, Bath
St Michaels, Bath
Traditional church seating and cafe seating
Traditional church seating and cafe seating
Food and drink preparation for the cafe
Food and drink preparation for the cafe
Stain glass window
Stain glass window
St Michaels Church, Bath
St Michaels Church, Bath
Stairs leading to the upper level
Stairs leading to the upper level

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Bath – Guildhall Market

We visited Bath‘s Guildhall Market. The market building contains an 18th Century pillar where trades were agreed. The stalls appear permanent. A mixed selection of cloth, food stuffs, and household stalls. A cafe or two provides some seating in one corner.

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We visited Bath‘s Guildhall Market. The market building contains an 18th Century pillar where trades were agreed.

The stalls appear permanent. A mixed selection of cloth, food stuffs, and household stalls. A cafe or two provides some seating in one corner.

Large door mat emblazoned with the Bath Guildhall Market logo
Large door mat emblazoned with the Bath Guildhall Market logo
Market stalls within Bath Guildhall Market
Market stalls within Bath Guildhall Market
Market stalls within Bath Guildhall Market
Market stalls within Bath Guildhall Market
Roof of the guildhall
Roof of the guildhall
Fruit and nuts in sacks
Fruit and nuts in sacks
Selection of British cheeses
Selection of British cheeses
18th Century market pillar
18th Century market pillar
Iconic British food stuffs modelled as household items
Iconic British food stuffs modelled as household items

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Bath – Thermal Spa

Opportunities to sink into a thermal bath do not come along often. At least not in our world. When we booked our trip to Bath, we both knew that a trip to the thermal spa was a must.

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Opportunities to sink into a thermal bath do not come along often. At least not in our world. When we booked our trip to Bath, we both knew that a trip to the thermal spa was a must.

Branded as Thermae Bath Spa, the spa uses the heated ground water to fill pools and saunas. As with all commercialised natural spas, claims are made that the high mineral content benefits bathers.

Thermae Bath Spa
Thermae Bath Spa
Signage showing the floors of the spa in Bath
Signage showing the floors of the spa in Bath

We tried to justify the expense in many different ways but the simple reasoning of it being unlikely we will return to Bath again was enough.

The thermal spa was enjoyable but not the overwhelmingly luxurious experience I hoped for. If I lived locally, we would not rush to return. It would be something suggested to guests.

No photos were allowed inside and I have no intention of risking my camera in such a wet environment. What photos I have are of the outside of the complex.

Modern signage for the spa
Modern signage for the spa
"Roman Bath" carved into the Bath stone
“Roman Bath” carved into the Bath stone

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