The Deafening Silence of Our Hive

Because my Sweet Hive friends will understand better than anyone, I wanted to share an excerpt from a piece I recently wrote for chicagoREgen.com titled The Heartbreak of an Urban Beekeeper.

When the second warm day of the year arrived nearly a month after the first, our hive was morbidly silent. My husband and I crouched in front of our hive desperate for a sign of life. We thought we’d done everything right. We’d left several frames full of honey. We added a few sugar-filled frames as a precaution. We were bereft and completely mystified. How could our hive have survived the worst part of the winter, then perished in the final days as spring and its promise of pollen was in sight?

In the end, it wasn’t enough. And I couldn’t help but think that we weren’t enough. We’d failed our bees just as I had feared we might since the day we brought them home.

…soon, we will start again with new bees in our hive. I remain an urban beekeeper.

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About Bob Vivant

I'm a writer, recipe developer, and photographer. I write about food and human nature and the curious intersection of the two. After collecting a few degrees and nurturing an unsatisfying, 15-year love affair with corporate America, I chose a new path, one that would allow my passions for writing and all things food to flourish. My cooking focuses on whole grains and fresh (local!) ingredients with a few naughty bites thrown in for good measure. Chocolate truffle cake anyone? I believe that recipes are mere guidelines, and food rules are made to be broken. I strive to make cooking more approachable for those who say, “I don’t have time,” “I don’t know how,” or “I just didn’t eat those things as a kid.” Anyone can make pizza from scratch and fast and easy doesn’t have to mean processed. I'm committed to changing the way people think about the food they eat – one bite at a time.
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6 Responses to The Deafening Silence of Our Hive

  1. Chantal says:

    Oh Bobbi, I’m terribly sorry to read of this unwelcome silence. It was such an unpredictable and ultimately, in this case, heartbreaking winter. You’re in my thoughts.

  2. Melanie says:

    My sincere sympathy on your loss. I’m sure you’ll have agreat experience with the new bees. It’s sad to see the cycle of life up close.

  3. karcuri13 says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, but I’m glad to know you are giving it another go.

  4. Bob Vivant says:

    Thank you for the kind words. Funny how after only one season, we can’t imagine our life without bees in it.

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