Michael from the Tucson Beekeepers Facebook group came over this morning to learn some of the basics of beekeeping.
He brought beer :)
We got all suited up, went over the finer points of lighting the smoker (and keeping it lit).
I opened up both the hives I had. The oldest hive is kind of a mess, there are undrawn frames in the bottom and top, and things are in general disarray. Nothing new there. Needs to be fixed up, I think they want foundationless frames.
The new hive (cutout) is looking really good, except for it not vbeing level. The bees always build up and down, so it's something I am going to have to fix before it gets out of hand.
Had a beer with michael after we were done, and a good chat. He's a good guy I think.
I like teaching people new things =)