The world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Don’t even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee’s temper. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.
It is the first day of April, and we can hardly contain our excitement! We are about to embark on a new path, one that we previously never pictured ourselves on. We are about to become urban backyard beekeepers! The hive is painted and prepared for its new tenants, and we have the recommended supplies waiting in the wings. In three days, we will drive up the turnpike and pick up a buzzing 3 pound box full of confused bees. Luckily, the Honeybee Farm will provide a demonstration on how to install the package of bees into a new hive – we made sure we registered to watch that! And then, it will be up to us to make it happen at our urban farm! I cannot express the anticipation and excitement we feel at the prospect of having honey and beeswax made on our own property! Looking forward to sharing pictures and video of our experience in the coming days!
Life is the flower of which love is the honey
– Victor Hugo
Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees. New York: Penguin Books, 2002.