How wonderful to spend a couple of hours talking about something that has nothing to do with: snow, cold, winter, shoveling, freezing, thermal coveralls. Tonight was the second class of the Bee Course, put on - for FREE - by a beekeeping club in Bennington, VT. The class is taught by two men who have a lot of beekeeping experience between them - almost 60 years. They are very nice, generous guys who are sharing everything they have learned through trial and error, so that we won't have to. Besides learning a lot of new things, I also am learning about everything I did wrong. Right now my bees are well-insulated - their hive is buried in show up to about 8 inches from the top - plenty of room for air to circulate, but I sure hope we don't get much more snow. M, M, L and I are going and will be forming a sort of chain of beekeepers - once the days warm up and bee runways are clear, we will start at M's and work our way down to L's bees, opening, switching hive boxes, and seeing what's been happening all winter. I'll be adding a hive this spring, so now to more fun catalog surfing - woodenware!