I lost all my hives this winter. Today I started dismantling them, cleaning them out and hauling them up to the garage, I was amazed at how much honey was left in them. I'm going to be doing a lot of extracting tomorrow. As I was stacking them in the garage the silence was interrupted by a familiar sound. Sure enough, there was a forager checking out the drips and spills. Oh - the irony. At least some colony in the area made it through the winter. Probably one of the swarms that got away and is living in a tree across the road somewhere.