and we would like some advice on what we can do to prepare.
I know this is not the time of year to be starting a hive but I'm sure there are things that we could be doing to get ready for next season.
My wife and I have a little experience with bees from when we were young and would both really like to get into keeping bees as a hobby and for the benefit of our gorden, fruit trees and grapes.
Suggestions on books to read, equipment we could be aquiring or building (I am a carpenter, so I have the tools and experience working with wood). If there are any local groups or clubs, information on them would also be appreciated.
Also, if there is any chance of getting ahold of an established hive, information on where I might find one and what I would need to know about relocated hives would be helpful.