These iced-tea ice lollies are absolutely delicious and have been keeping us cool this week during the hot weather we’ve been having. We made them rose lemonade flavour but you can choose any flavour you like, Taylors Teas have LOTS to choose from. The sweet rhubarb is my second favourite, and peppermint of course, I LOVE peppermint tea.
All you need to do is make up some tea in a jug, I added a drizzle of maple syrup for extra sweetness but that’s optional. Then wait for it to cool down, or add a bit of cold water, then pour into your ice lolly moulds and freeze for a few hours.
Taylors Teas wouldn’t be able to make all these amazing fruity teas if it wasn’t for bees though, they are responsible for pollination and without them we wouldn’t have any of the wonderful plants we are so used to seeing, and eating. I can remember hating bees when I was little, we had a lavender plant outside our door and I used to scream every time I went past it as I thought they were all going to attack me, I didn’t realise at the time what amazing little creatures they were, unlike wasps 😉
Sadly though bees are in decline, pesticides, pollution and building on their habitats all play a part in their numbers falling but there are things you can do to help the bee population grow again.
Simply putting a bee house in your garden means they have somewhere to nest, and it doesn’t matter if you live in an urban area either as apparently they love cities. And growing some plants that bees love such as poppies, lavender, sunflowers or sage will mean they are attracted to your garden. You can read more about it over on the Taylors Teas website, you can also win a trip to Kew Gardens by entering their competition.
And to show you just how extravagant bee houses can be they have built the most amazing bee hotel called ‘The Grand Beedapest Hotel’, it even has a gym and bar! You can see the bees enjoying being inside it in this awesome video…
Obviously not all of us can create something like that but just a simple little wooden house like this will be perfect too, place it near lots of plants and greenery.
And one last thing you can do is to save any bees you see in shock on the floor. I saw a video of this on FB and it stuck in my mind so if you see a bee on the floor then drizzle some maple syrup near it and it will stick out it’s little nozzle (not official term!) to drink it. We tried it the other day and after having some the bee was able to fly off again. It’s a lovely thing to do with kids too. This photo is a bit blurry as it was just taken on my phone but you can see the bee drinking it 🙂
Let’s all save the bees!