Hi, my real name is Steven and I'm an American living near Toulouse, France. I just started working with bees a few weeks ago, volunteering with a local, small-scale professional beekeeper in exchange for learning all about beekeeping. My "boss" just gave me my first hive and in a week or so I will move it to a friend's property near where I live. Not much to add, except I hope to develop this into something between a hobby and a livelihood, maybe working part time and supplementing that with selling honey, wax, propolis. We'll see how that turns out. I enjoy the calming aspect of the work and have already done a wide variety of things in the rucher, sometimes alone. My vocabulary might sometimes be off because I'm used to doing all of this in French. Don't hesitate to correct me on the terminology!