I visited the bees again today. It was a beautiful spring day – about 8 degrees Centigrade. I approached the hive in anticipation……hoping that they had overwintered well. What a pleasant surprise to see the bees coming in and out of the small entrance – almost as busy as on a summer’s day. The snowdrops are out at the moment – but whatever they were foraging for, they were busy collecting it! The entrance was still showing the damage from the woodpecker or mouse – but there was no additional damage since last November. I briefly lifted the top of the hive and looked inside through the glass crown board. The bees looked very healthy and active. I hefted the hive and there were good stores still. So Faith (the name of the hive) has done well – and the Queen is now entering her third year. I expect I will have to do an artificial swarm in the Spring just to make sure she does not swarm. I am also hoping to import two new colonies from a beekeeper who lives in the next door county. What a joy it was to see and bee with the bees again after such a long break!