just an introduction. I started this past spring. I bought two established hives from a retiring commercial beekeeper. I split one of the hives, and missed getting a swarm before it went into a hollow tree later this summer. I have made arrangement to do a trap out of the swarm I missed this summer next year and I have two cut outs and another trap out to do next spring. starting with two large established hives and doing my first hive inspection by myself was a real experience. this first year with bees has been great.