As a beekeeper, winter days can drag on seemingly forever, keeping us from seeing our "girls" to make sure they are healthy and happy.
On the first warm, sunny day of March suggestive of spring, beekeepers head to their apiaries to see if their bee colonies made it through winter.
It's too cold yet to open up hives so verdicts are rendered based on close observation.
These are my friend David's hive, down the hill from where we hold our monthly bee club meetings.
Honeybees are flying in and out of all hives so the verdict - so far, so good!