Despite it being one of the longest and harshest Maine winters that we can remember, our much loved bee colonies survived.  We did lose one hive early in the year, perhaps due to mite infestation or insufficient honey stores, but the other 8 hives as well as the two nucleus colonies made it.  

The few warm days we've had so far have given the ladies a much needed escape from the hives and the foraging has begun in earnest.  While out working around the farm, cleaning up and planning where to plant this year we are now blessed with the solid hum of each hive busy at work.  There really is nothing like it.