Well entering my 3rd year. Only had 25% loss this year compared to 50% last year. Bees are building early it seems. I have lots of heather that has been blooming and they are all over that. We had a warm spell between downpours yesterday and they were bringing in full pollen baskets, I assume alder because that is about all I can see that has any pollen now. Fruitless plums about to explode, so not too much longer. Tulips and crocus growing well.
Funny the hive that died, was my oldest queen, and lost her apparently part way into winter. They had used about half the supply of honey I left them. But the hive I expected to loose, since it was a late swarm that lost a queen and had to make one, is gangbusters.
So, KathyP, my offer still holds for bees, I can give you one hive to help you out.