I ordered most of my backyard bee supplies this week; Top Bar Hive, tools and suit. I look forward to them coming in. I've ordered items from:
I'm getting nothing in return from them, nor is this an endorsement at this time. Once the items I've ordered are in, and I can review for quality, I'll let you know. I will say, both have followed up within 24 hours to let me know they have received and are working to fill my orders. So far, so good.
I have yet to order my bees, and a honey extractor. Although, I think I can probably handle doing the extracting on my own, since I'm only working with one hive at this point. Bees should be ordered within the next week or so, and delivered next spring. Plenty of time to get everything set up, books re-read, and how-to videos re-watched. I'm looking forward to it.
I find myself watching the honey bees busily gathering pollen from my roses, and the wild flowers in the area. I know the bee in the below picture is not a honey bee. But would you have really noticed? Call me crazy, but I notice these types of things now.