I visited my only hive today – Faith. The orchard where I keep it has Barnaby Sheep in it. They have eaten too much of the bark from many of the apple trees – so those trees will probably die in the Spring. But the bees were fine. I hefted the hive and it was heavy still with bees and honey. I took off the top-cover. What joy. I really miss working the bees in the winter months. I saw a few bees flying (doing their winter cleansing flights). Bees are very clean and go out of the hive to get rid of their droppings. I saw some damage to the entrance to the hive – looked like woodpecker – but it did not warrant stirring the bees up to change the entrance block. Oh – and I found one of my old entrance blocks lying on the ground from when I took taway he empty hives of Hope and Charity……. I am going to try to buy two new colonies in the Spring – if anyone reading this has a good source of nucs, please post me a comment!