We don’t even know how to say this – we have terrible news about the hive.
As you all know, we prepped the bees in the hive for hibernation back in November. Everything was great, the hive was thriving, they had just delivered their second harvest, we left them plenty of honey, and they settled in for a totally mild California winter with almost no rain and certainly no snow.
Then, a few weeks ago, Cam went up to check on them for a routine, mid-winter visit, and to his surprise and horror, the hive was completely empty. Literally not a single bee in the hive. There was still honey supplies, no signs of infestation, and really no clues as to what happened or why? We are devastated by this. We still don’t know what happened. We are committed to learning more about what could have happened by consulting with a few bee experts in the coming weeks.
We are committed to continuing our journey as beekeepers, and will be posting updates soon on where we go from here. In the meantime, this video captures the moment Cam discovered our hive was empty. Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Pippa and the hive. We’re grateful for all of their hard work, as we have enjoyed the bounty of their labors, and come to respect and marvel at the wonders of the hive. To think it has been only 10 months since we first brought Queen Pippa home – and consider all that we have learned, laughed, and now cried during that time – wow.