Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day one hundred and ninety-two of that project.

This quilt block shows flowers in a row of varying heights, and above them a wandering bee. The bee's trail is a black stitching, and the bee itself is made of yellow and white fabric. Stripes are penned in for the bee's appearance. The flowers are straight stalks of stitching with some dark green leaves poking out the side. At the top of each stalk is an eye shaped piece of orange fabric, and in the center of those eyes is a small black two holed button. This really makes them look like eyes!

Bzzzzzzz. This is a sound that brings mixed reactions in the gardens.

Some people are allergic to bee stings and that is an alarming sound. Others are just plain scared and freak out, doing an odd “bee dance” of their own usually accompanied by shreeks of “get it away aaaaaahh”.

Then there are people like me that are comforted when I hear the sound of a bee.

It’s reassuring to me that the world will most likely go on another day.

Without bees we would be in deep trouble. They are absolutely essential to our food supply.

I learned 91 foods that are consumed by humans need to be non wind pollinated. That means without the bee to play matchmaker between the male and female plants our diets would be very bleak indeed.

If fruits like apples and peaches had to depend on human pollination those crops would be outrageously expensive.

So next time you hear the buzz of our little winged friends remember it’s because of them that apples don’t cost $16 a piece.