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Are we there yet? April 9, 2013

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Saturday 6 April 2013, at the branch apiary:  bees were flying, woodpeckers pecking, & robins fluttered close to rakes, willing us to turn up treats.  Early in the day, we were noisily in the swans’ flight-path, but as the air warmed, they were replaced by a trio of mewling buzzards hunting on  the thermals.

Sunday got me into the garden, planting out shrubs that have been waiting in pots for months.  Over the fence, I heard the clicking purr of frogs calling for mates.  A couple of months late, but it seems they’ve got the right idea.

Then Monday:  the snow still hasn’t thawed under the hedges & the bitter east wind’s back snarling through the trees.  So today’s thermals are full-length and the fabric wicking.  Not that there’s much chance of building up a sweat.

So, is this spring at last, or just another cruel trick of nature?

The little darlings April 3, 2012

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made a couple of visits to my bees in the last few days.  They have responded enthusiastically to the  unexpectedly warm weather & made a very promising start to their year.  I’ve updated The bees page.