People come to beekeeping for various reasons, perhaps to pollinate their home garden, the quest for local honey, or to save the bees & save the environment. Whatever our original motivation, it is the bees themselves that keep people entranced. The wonderfully intricate, and amazing, daily life of a colony of honeybees, so self-involved and yet with such far flung influence on the world around it. Uncounted volumes have been written about honeybees, and yet this box of (mostly) females guilelessly maintains an aura of mystique that continues to charm and fascinate us. Whether you live in the country, suburbs or heart of the city, you can maintain one or many hives and share in the private (secret) world of the bees. I find myself bringing my morning cup of coffee out to the bee yard, drinking in their quiet hum and peaceful industry helps set a tone that carries through the rest of my day. In the early evening, after a long and sometimes stressful day, a stroll through my hives can sooth jagged nerves and calm my heart. No denying, beekeeping is a lot of hot, sweaty, work but, what is returned is so much more than honey. More and more often working my hives has become my own personal retreat. I tremendously enjoy sharing my bees with others: friends, family, and new beekeepers alike, however, I treasure those times when it is just me and my bees in our own little moment. Keeping bees has put me much more in touch with the natural world around me: the change in seasons, the crops and wildflowers that are blooming, the weather patterns and how they effect us all. With 20 hives and growing, my only regret about keeping bees is I wish I started it sooner!