Her house was riddled with termites, and Big Sur resident Belinda Shoemaker needed to call an exterminator. But tenting the house would also mean killing a colony of bees that were living in the roof — something she could not bring herself to do. But how do you get rid of thousands of honey bees in an inaccessible part of your house? Shoemaker did the time-honored Big Sur thing, and asked her neighbors to lend her a hand. But only after failing to get professional help: At the beginning of June, she contacted bee experts, television and radio stations, and even posted an ad on Craigslist. Unfortunately, she couldn’t find anyone willing or able to take the bees away. “Nobody wanted to make the journey to Big Sur,” Shoemaker explained. So Shoemaker started passing the word around Big Sur, and one of her neighbors, Blake Forrest, who turned out to be an amateur beekeeper, offered to help.The full story can be downloaded from the Carmel Pinecone. Couldn't we all use a little more community interconnected-ness?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Love Thy Neighbor and Thy Bees
A nice story showed up in a local paper today...here's an excerpt: