I am a brand spanking new beekeeper as of May 11, 2013. Actually, it started well before the bees arrived. Back in January I took a 3 day class from our local beekeeping association. Something I recommend to ANY new beekeeper since the people in these organizations are passionate about bees, and LOVE sharing information and helping newcomers like myself.

I quickly learned that beekeeping is not a hobby that you just dip your feet into. It’s a commitment, from the time you order your first package or nuc.

· A commitment of time and money to purchase, assemble and maintain equipment;
· A commitment of time to educate yourself and learn as much as possible so you can understand and mitigate potential problems;
· A commitment to dedicate and prepare a section of your yard for the hives; and
· A commitment to care for and watch over your new residents.

As part of this commitment, I am journaling my beekeeping experiences. Boo Bee Honey is my bee journal. It’s a way for me to keep record of the bees’ activity and my activity, a way to document all the great stuff I’m gonna learn, and a way to simultaneously share all of this great information with the beekeeping community.

How did I come up with the name “Boo Bee Honey”? Well, it originated from a birthday card that my husband picked out for me. The front said “open the card to see two boobees” (which of course my husband did).  The inside showed a picture of two bees saying “boo” to each other. What can I say – we like simple humor. I had no idea then that I’d become a beekeeper, but that stupid card stuck in our heads, and so our bees have become affectionately known as our “Boo Bees”.

I hope you’ll join us on our journey, and whether you’re new like me or have been doing this for years, please share your bee wisdom and experiences with us. Because the best way to learn is from others who have learned before us!

Paula (aka, SimplP)



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  1. Paula, with all the bad news about bees, I am so encouraged to see your adventure into beekeeping. I’ll be keeping up with your progress; I don’t know if we have the room to keep bees, but the Baugher Orchards are just over the hill, so I’m interested to see how it goes.

    Good luck!


    • Thanks for the nice comment Nolly! I have so many questions at this point, like being in a foreign land and trying to learn the language as fast as possible so I communicate with the locals and will know what to do next. Hope you visit often! It’s not dull, especially this time of year.

  2. Paula, Marianne (my wife) and I are also relatively new beekeepers. We have entered our second year, and are still learning a lot. It has been interesting to read your blog and see that while we have unique experiences, there are also many commonalities. By the way, like your apiary layout. Your hives really contribute to the beauty of your yard’s landscape!
    Keep up the good work, and keep on blogging!

    • Thanks so much Ed. When you’re a new beekeeper, finding commonality is such a comfort. They can prepare you with the basics, but once the hives are in place it becomes a wild ride of uncertainty. We’re loving every minute of it. I’m looking forward to following your ride as well!

  3. Paula,
    I am just finishing my second summer of beekeeping and have 3 hives. I am all over the web looking at beekeeping sites and lucked into your site. I enjoy reading the blogs and assume you must also be a journalist. I have added your site to my favorites list……Bill in NC

    • Bill,

      Thank you for the nice comment and for adding BBH to your favorites. I’m actually a proposal and marketing comms writer and have written a few published articles, and as you can see, I love writing about my bees! NC is a bit warmer than MD. Were you successful getting them through their first winter? Therein lies my challenge in the next few months! If you have any advice, do share. Hope you visit again soon!


  4. Paula,

    Your blog and photo about the bee frame holder may by your “hubster” got me to thinking, so off to Lowes I went Labor Day Monday. I could not figure how to post my little project nor could find an email address for your, so I signed up on wordpress.com, i.e., ‘bodsfordteam.wordpress.com”. Maybe your hubster can take my little creation and improve on it for all of us……Bill

  5. Hey Bill – Wow, great job! I like the tweaks and it looks like it works well. Great first post by the way. Now that you’re an official WordPress user, lets see some more beekeeping posts!

  6. Hi Paula!
    Just found your website and have really enjoyed looking through it. You have lots of helpful insight and the pictures are great! Looking forward to future posts! 🙂

    • Hi Maria – Welcome to BooBee Honey! I can certainly offer plenty of insights in the way of lessons learned. I just looked at Botany Bay Farm’s website and wow, what a beautiful life and farm you and your family have. Do you have bees are are you considering adding them to the farm? Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to hear more from you!


  7. Thank you for your kind words about the farm. It has been a great learning and growing experience for sure! Yes, I have bees. Three hives this year. But I’ve had them the past two years as well. Unfortunately none of my hives have overwintered successfully. 😦 Even though this is their first year on the farm they produced enough extra honey for me to have my first ever honey harvest and that was very rewarding! Happy beekeeping. 🙂

  8. Hello Paula, I am a beekeeper up in beautiful (cold right now) Canada and I have a couple questions for you, how can I contact you?

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