I'm a n00b beekeeper from the Transylvania region of Romania.
My father used to have bees (around 20 colonies) while I was living abroad for many years. He sold them two years before I moved back home, neither of us knowing at the time that a time will come soon when I'll want to keep bees. After buying a house in a rural area with a nice backyard, where my partner and I started a small vegetable garden and orchard, I realized it would be nice to have some bees, for honey, pollination, and an amazing relaxing hobby.
It was in May 2013 when I borrowed and reconditioned two old hives from a friend of my fathers, bought two colonies and started learning with the help of my father (who lives 120 kms away). During the year I had two uncontrolled swarms which I managed to catch and I now had to care for four hives. Quite an experience. Winter went well, but 2014 was a bad year for everyone in the region, many experienced beekeepers lost a significant part of their colonies, and I lost all mine.
In 2015 I caught another swarm, which I nurtured through the year, but during summer 2016 I had to be out of the country, and I came back to a weakened colony that I wasn't able to save.
Here we are in 2017, I ordered a Flow Hive on last Friday which arrived today, and I want get back to beekeeping again.