The farmer and the bumblebee

This is an illustration drawn by Alice for my new story called Busy Bee and the Silent Spring  that is all about Bea and her friends trying to discover why all the inhabitants of the meadow are feeling unwell. This leads them to a bad farmer who is using banned pesticides. In this illustration a good farmer picks up a bumblebee pretending to be ill. I am still searching for an agent or publisher but it appears as if I will have to go down the self publishing route.  In the meantime the original first adventure, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow, is available on Amazon as a printed book or eBook.

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Here is the cover from the first story.

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Book Reviewing – At A Very Young Age

Tristan, aged 7, has his own Facebook page set up and on it he reviews a variety of books. One of them was my Clever Dad and the Space Rocket. He and his brother enjoyed colouring in the illustrations and when he gets time he will review my other stories. Please like his Facebook page as he is a wonderful example of  children should be at that age. Get the children reading more and watching less.

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Apart from the above mentioned stories I have three other stories out there. They are:

Clever Dad and the Pirate Ship

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

Each sale will generate a donation to a good cause. At the moment I am supporting Plantlife and Butterfly Conservation in the UK but am trying to find others to link up with.

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Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – Reviewed

My story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow has just been reviewed very positively by a young reader and it will appear on the website in August and in the magazine later in the year. Every sale generates a donation to   and  Buy it on Amazon as a story and colouring book and for the Kindle or as a pdf from

 is a great place to find out about bees in the UK.

Backyard Beekeeping – A Blog by The Honey Diaries

I have been self promoting my bee story for children, “Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow” and through social media you can meet some really nice people. The people running The Honey Diaries have been very helpful to me and will spread the word about my book. In return I will mention them where I can so if you want to know more about the world of beekeeping then you should get in touch and follow their story. I have to admit I wrote the story but I’m damned scared of things that buzz.

National Meadows Day – UK

In the UK it is #nationalmeadowsday and despite their importance the country has lost many of them during the recent decades as our urban sprawl has made our built infrastructure look like a very obese person along with all the detrimental environmental effects.

My story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow has a meadow as a central theme in it. I will donate part of the profit from any sales of the stories to a good cause of your choosing. It is available from Amazon Amazon for the Kindle and as a Print on Demand storybook with illustrations to be coloured in. It is also available as pdf from our website

Proofs Have Arrived – Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow Soon Available as A4 Book

The proofs arrived today of my story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. I just need to read them and then press the publish button on Amazon’s KDP platform. The story is already available for the Kindle and devices that run the app. It is also available as a pdf for PCs, Mac and tablets with a pdf reader from our website, I hope that you like it.

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Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – Artwork for the New Notice

This is the artwork for the new notice placed at the entrance to the meadow where Bea lives in the story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. The story is now available on the Kindle platform and devices that run the app. It is also available as a pdf from our website,, for PCs, Mac and tablets that have a pdf reader. From next week it will be available from Amazon as a Print on Demand A4 story and colouring in book.

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Buzz of a Party

This is another of the wonderful illustrations provided by my illustrator to make my book, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow, into what it is. Alice is a great illustrator. It is available for Kindle on Amazon and next week will also be for sale as an A4 Print on Demand story and colouring in book. Meanwhile, it is also available as a pdf for PCs, Mac and tablets on our website, I am going to split any profits and royalties with a good cause of the buyer’s choice.

Below is the synopsis:

Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Wise Old Bee suggests that only if a rare or endangered species is found in the meadow is there a chance that the meadow can be saved. Bea suggests a wild idea on how to save the meadow from this happening. If they don’t then they are going to have to move the hive.

Her plan is fairly simple. There are some red flowers down near the stream that produce some fairly sticky pollen on them and she thinks that if she disguises herself as a red bee people will believe that there is a new species of bee. At least it will give the bees time to find out if there is a rare or endangered species in the meadow. Time to tell the Queen about the problem and also a possible solution.

Bea tries out the deception on two young people camping in the meadow and they take several photographs that they load onto social media. Bea has started a series of events that she is unaware of.. Two teams are set up, some normal bees to keep a lookout on when visitors are coming and a “red” team to sow the story and keep each other from being caught.

Will Bea and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it?

This is a story that is meant to be read by a parent to a younger child or with a younger child and to be read by children themselves as they get older.

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Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – Proofs Ordered

I have today ordered the proofs of the story so it should be available as Print on Demand as well the Kindle app and tablet. Later today I will load the pdf version onto our website Junagarh Media

I hope that some of you like the story I will be giving a percentage of earnings away to any good causes that buyers request.

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Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – conversion to pdf and Print on Demand

Hopefully, we will finish these two versions today. Then we can order a proof of the Print on Demand and then make it available on Amazon.

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