I just realized I never put a "hi" post on this Welcome Forum. So I am doing so now.
I am a (now) 2nd year beekeeper, in Central MA (about 1 1/2 hrs. from Boston). I have 2 hives in my backyard, about 35 feet from my back deck.
It has been a wild ride this first year, and a lot of my success has been due to the advice of the many smart and experienced people on this forum. For that, I thank you.
I created a one-year anniversary blog post on my bee blog recapping my wild ride. Check it out if you want to laugh at some of my (mis-)adventures.
Here's hoping for a positive 2nd year being a beekeeper. Good thing the bees know what's going on; I certainly don't!