Twenty One degrees yesterday! My first beekeeping day of 2011 - I went through the 13 hives that went into the winter and the results were better than I had hoped for. Eleven hives with a brood laying queen, one hive with bees but no queen or brood (I put a comb of eggs into the hive to give them a chance of making a queen cell) one hive dead - lots of food cause of death unknown.
Also the first broody hen - our bantam (a good reliable mother) now sitting on eight eggs. And (would you believe it!!) our first courgette flower; on a plant under a large cloche made from recycled polycarbonate. The tomato plants in the greenhouse and polytunnel are up to a foot tall and there is blossom everywhere, I love spring.