I stopped at the supermarket on the way home from work and got home at midday. It was very warm and sunny - I was planning to do some tidying up in the back garden in Espoo. But... when I parked the car in the front driveway I could see clouds of bees humming around three of the four hives we have here. I went to take some photos and one little bee came and sat on my coat as I walked around! I noticed they were hovering over the heathers that I planted in pots for some winter colour. They were also drinking water from pools of melted ice on the driveway. I think they are very hungry and very thirsty. Time to to get some Apifonda into the hives before they wear themselves out. They look pretty healthy and very active.
The bees need to clean out the hives in the early days of spring which means removing all the bee poop and cadavers from inside. They seem to make a big mess on the outside of the hive when they do this. Today's busying around has left a sweet honey smell in the air - incredible.