My daughter and I have been beekeepers for about 4 years, but many days in the yard I feel like Iím a complete novice. I started with two hives 6 years ago and had a disastrous first two years. I wanted to give it up (too heartbreaking to lose bees to your own ineptitude!) but my daughter, who had been a bystander in all that begged me to keep trying, and promised to fully partner with me in the endeavor. She signed up and took the NC Bee School with me again at our local club, and has been such a help as we work through the many, many questions and challenges together. We now have 5 hives in the apiary, but have varied from two to eight as conditions warrant combining or splitting. I often think of how new beekeepers are always encouraged to start with two hives, not one, and would like to add that new beekeepers would also do well to start out with a partner: two heads really are better than one in the bee yard.