What will 2019 bring?
So far the weather has been relatively mild. The bees have enjoyed a few days flying in the January sunshine, even finding some pollen. I suspect this will have been ivy as there appear to be a few flowers still on show. I've had to put fondant on the hives and all but one are tucking into it.
The weather forecast for the next week promises more seasonal cold conditions. Whether it's more accurate than previous warnings of doom and gloom remains to be seen. Whatever comes I'm thinking this could be a problematic spring for the colonies so I'm going to be keeping a close eye on the fondant levels until the colonies are expanding and new bees are hard at work.