First of all, THEY MADE IT! Lol, I didn't have much time at the end of last year and was pretty sure one of the hives was going into winter without a queen, and the other one was not full strength. Lots of swarms over summer, ended up with two main hives and three small ones, and I swear queens kept moving from one hive to another. Finally ended with two hives and wasn't sure if either would winter. What can I say, first year beekeeping, lol. I finally just said oh well, and let them sort it out. I kind of took some advice without knowing from the "How to do it book of beekeeping" - "When you are confronted with some problem in the apiary and you do not know what to do, then do nothing. Matters are seldom made worse by doing nothing and are often made much worse by inept intervention." Now both hives ripping and roaring flying around getting pollen like crazy, so I guess they both have queens just looking at the amount of bees in each and seeing younger bees. I plan to do my first inspection for the year and get everything cleaned and ready to start switching to all mediums tomorrow. Anyways, I was just wondering if anyone has thought about how beekeeping in the tropics would be like. Where the winter never really comes, but it never gets extremely hot either. Would the bees simply collect all year round and how would not having to winter mess with them? Does anyone here actually do it? I don't know much about the tropics, but it seems like it would be a lot easier since wintering seems to interrupt the hive when it finally gets to full strength. There might be dearths yearly that cause essentially same thing as a winter? I was also wondering if anyone knew about a way to share your hives on HiveTracks? I plan to start using it, and I've got a lot of people always asking about the bees. I figure if they could see my notes and whatnot, they could understand better what I'm doing even when I don't get to talk to them or forget to mention it. And I've always wondered why something is so much more interesting when it's someone you know doing it, even if they don't have a clue what they are doing?