Beekeeping in Vermont...

Most reports from this part of the Vermont--the Connecticut River Valley near White River--are that it was an odd and a mostly poor year. I remember that two years ago was the worst season I had had in 30 years of beekeeping (strictly on a hobby scale, six hives max). And then last year was the best ever. Well, maybe this year was both. I have five hives, and three of them thought they would challenge each other to a swarming contest. They all had plenty of room, but were cooped up for so long in June that they all put on little hats when they got the chance and said "outa here!". And then the other two--between them they stayed put and made 230# of surplus honey. I guess some kids get an A and some get a D-, so why should the bees be any different?