Hey there, I have been considering starting up with bees for a cpl of yrs now, and I figure now is as good any other time. I brew mead, and the cost of buying honey versus having my own beehive, it would be more fun knowing it was honey I produced. I have read many books on the subject, and I think I have a fair idea of the process, but with many skills help from knowledgable people is a great resource.