I have always had a fear of bees. Bumble bees, yellow jackets, wasps you name it. Anything with wings and a stinger. Perhaps it stemmed from my childhood when we would dine outside on the wooden deck of our home suspended above the flower and vegetable garden my father so loving tended. Unfortunately for me, (not the flowers or vegetables) it attracted large numbers of bees. I was constantly darting for cover to avoid being stung – which I never was.
When we purchased Casa le Crete the large back terrace was covered with a lovely wooden pergola. We had no problem with the rustic look of the reeds that covered the wooden pergola providing filtered shade plus giving it an organic look. The prospect of having to purchase a new covering each year or two as the natural straw would not sustain the winter elements was not off-putting to us.
What was off-putting was the myriad of bees that had burrowed into the wood supporting the pergola, making it their home. Dining outside on autumn evenings the silence was often broken by what sounded like fast approaching motorcycles (vespe) or small aircraft coming in for a landing. The sound of – WASPS – le vespe.
We vowed to find a solution!! Our caretaker was instrumental in finding a resolution and led us to a company that he had done business with called Unopiu’. If you have ever tried to make renovations or improvements to a home long distance you will appreciate how difficult it is to scour the internet yourself in search of a good company and product. Having someone ‘on the ground’ in Italy makes it possible. So sight unseen, we purchased and had installed a wrought iron pergola which forced the bees to find alternate housing.
Now we are able to dine al fresco and enjoy the bucolic view from the crest of our hill without (senza) the hum and activities of our uninvited flying guests.