I know a few of you from other sites. And of course know Iddee (who doesn't recognize fame?). I have been keeping bees for a few years now. Winters are harsh here and take their toll. I am looking to start wintering them in the southland starting next year. I also have a small apple orchard of about 500 trees now as well as some other fruits like raspberries, serviceberries, cherries, plums, and the like. My living comes from garage door work but I have scaled back on that over the last few years. It's a young person's game. Glad to be here.