So it beegins (again)

26 May

It started in the summer of ’09. Lovebug’s mom, Queen Ma, started a beehive in her backyard in Brooklyn, NY. At the time this was illegal, just like keeping a Bengali Tiger is illegal.  New York had an extensive underground beekeeping society, including many rooftop and backyard hives. Queen Ma was sure that her girls would be safe in the yard. Unfortunately, an anonymous neighbor called the health department and like a good citizen Queen Ma let them in. She was fined, went to court, and took a stance on legalizing bee keeping in NYC. The hive was donated to the Queens County Farm Museum with the idea that if it ever became legalized we could collect it and call it our own. In March 2010, the law was revised, legalizing beekeeping so long as your hive is registered with the health department.

One of the many hives at the Queens County Farm Museum

Fast-forward to last Saturday when Lovebug, Queen Ma and I drove out to Queens to pick up the hive. It took some convincing Queen Ma to get the hive back. Lovebug and I will be doing most of the work but she will happily be assisting us on this adventure. Of course Saturday was the first sunny hot day in what seems like an endless rainy season and we had to be dressed in long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes.

Lovebug and the beemaster

We failed three times trying to rent a pickup truck which forced use to put the hive in the trunk of Queen Ma’s hatchback. No big deal, we just drove down the Grand Central Parkway with 10000 bees in the trunk.Only one bee escaped in the car but was too concerned about returning to the hive that she hardly noticed we were doing 80 in a 55 zone. And that was it. The hive has returned to Brooklyn!

Queen Ma, the girls and me in our yard


7 Responses to “So it beegins (again)”

  1. Mike May 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    It sounds like the adventure is about to begin. I can’t wait to hear what happens next.

  2. boo bee UU May 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    must kill the queen.

  3. Honey Pat May 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Too cute!!! So what’s your bee name? B9 instead of J9 (like bee mine. Kinda goes with love bug.).

    • jnsilva2 May 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      That’s so cute! I haven’t come up with anything.

      • gluispdesigns June 3, 2011 at 1:54 am #

        I love this Bee-youtiful journey you three are on. Love bees, see my email on Facebook.


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