TWB. That ol' beekeeper is 100% bang on with what he said about being an old time beekeeper and still learning.
My experience. Began in April 2005 with two levels of beekeeping, one right after the other. As many little seminars that I could attend, taking a 5 day course at our local university (gained a "Beemasters Certificate"), but so what. I am not even close to becoming a beemaster, the certificate just tells me so, heeee, heeee
. Reading books and reading more books, sitting for 2 years with pen and paper by my side, jotting down every extra important bit of information, typing all that important information into a great document for my perusal, and reading some more. Joining this fantastic forum to ask questions and get fantastic answers. Getting my packages in April of 2005 and having hands on experience ever since that time.
This is my "experience" in a nutshell. Take your time, all good things take time, we are all familiar with that ol' expression, and I am the biggest believer of that in itself!!!!!
I feel that I am still only on the very tip of that iceberg, and know that I will be learning for another _________ years, that number is completely unknown
So......you have lots of work ahead of you, if you can call it work. Why don't we term this not work, but heading off into a future of wonderful feelings and experiences with your girls (and the guys are there too, but not as many numbers, oh dear). Love this new adventure that you have embarked upon, once you had that taste of the lifestyle of the honeybee, I think it is very hard to turn back
Have a wonderful and beautiful day, gotta love this life we're livin'. Cindi