Down in the Southern Tier, and three years behind schedule!
I am hoping to start my first hive this spring if my back allows. When we moved here from Maine, we thought we'd save a few bucks by doing most of the toting and heaving ourselves - this was a grand thing when we were in our 20s, our 30s, our 40s. Now that we are in our 50s? Not so much!
Anyway, two ruptured discs sort of put my plans on hold. In the intervening years, I've turned the previously manicured and chemically-treated huge side yard into a meadow of clovers and wildflowers. The former owner must cry whenever he drives by.
I have a good number of wild bees (honey and otherwise) who feed quite contently on what is provided, so I think my environment is right. A local bee-keeper will start me with a three-frame nuc when I am ready, so now I am trying to decide between all of the hive choices.....and keeping my fingers crossed that my back continues to heal and cooperate.
Confession: I've been lurking here for a while. Great people, great advice!