It seemed odd that during the first week of February my garden would be buzzing with a swarm of bees. One or two maybe, this time of year but certainly not a swarm. Actually, there's seldom more than a couple zipping between blooms any time of year.
|February blooms at the Stone House on the Hill
As with all mysteries about life in Greece - the place we live as expats - it took a while, but today the mystery of the bees was solved:
|The new neighbors
They are our new neighbors! And quite a subdivision of them is in the previously vacant lot between six houses in our neighborhood. Not only have they settled in for a long stay, but it appears more of them are coming! And Google tells me that bees are social little creatures and that thousands could inhabit a hive. Lucky us! The new neighbors are many and sociable!
|The bees live above our Stone House on the Hill
We've seen plenty of beehives in our slice of the Peloponnese. We are among the many who brag about some of Greece's best honey being produced right here.
But none of the hives we've seen before were sitting among and this close to residential houses. You better believe we expat neighbors have discussed the newcomers. We've speculated about probable regulations, and the unlikelihood of there being any about bee hives. But who would one even contact at the Municipality to ask, we chuckled. And what if they aren't allowed? Then what? More laughs.
The two police officers who patrol a wide swath of our area would surely get a laugh out of it as well if we were to contact them.
|View from our 'hood to the neighboring village
The bees' sociable ways could be considered 'pestering', but they certainly aren't classified as 'pests', so the private pest control service would get a laugh out of it as well.
And really, no one wants to hurt them, we'd just like them to move a few miles into the wilderness. Perhaps a relocation service? More laughs.
|Home of the bee hives, our home lower right corner
The lot is for sale, asking price is 350,000 euros - thus, buying the lot and moving the bees is not an option.
So, like with many things that don't quite compute in the expat mind, we will file this away as another one of 'those' experiences that serves to remind us we are living on foreign soil. It simply can't be treated as it would be 'back home'.
And the bees are a good segue into another topic of expat living we are currently focused upon and that is the quest for the residency permit.
On the Road to Residency Again
|Those residency permits - a reason to rejoice!
|The traveling life brought us to Greece. . .
|No welcome after 90 days
A Lengthy Lockdown Ahead
|Greek islands beacon during lock down
Too Old to Be an Expat?