It was warm and rainy today, temperature in the mid to upper sixties. I was teaching the kids the words to Mele Kalikimaka, which they loved. It's not a song I've thought about in ages, but today reminded me of Christmases in Hawaii - warm and wet.
I went out to look at the bees. The Ambrosium and Josephium were abuzz with activity, but there was not much going on in the Benedictium. So I opened it up. It was loaded with dead bees, and there were a few live ones too, which may have been robbers. I pulled out three frames full of pretty dark honey - I guess we'll have a winter harvest - and closed up the hive as tight as I could. I guess we'll be spending another $100 on a Russian queen and three pounds of bees this spring.