We have been wanting to keep bees for decades but time and circumstance were never convenient. Then we became impatient with ourselves and each of the last several years has been the one where we take the plunge except that we never actually followed through. We would dither over where to put the hive(s), how to get the bees, and so on without decision until another season had slipped past. Pathetic, we know. But now at last next year is the one!

This year is for education, preparations, and decisions. We will be documenting it all here in the hopes that it may prove useful to others trying to decide whether and how to keep bees. And next year we will have bees of our own to write about.