I have put off writing this blog out of sheer despair. In my last I was hopeful the hive that had been attacked by mice had survived. But next time it was sunny enough to open it I found it had not. The mice had eaten virtually all the brood chamber - bees, brood, store, wax. Devastating. So now I have one active hive. It, however, is doing well - boomimg with bees and gathering honey. I checked yesterday and the top super is filling nicely. There are huge fields of oilseed rape in gorgeous full flower all around. What's more, the field next to my hives has been sown with field beans which are just coming through. So there should be a harvest from them in July. Thank you Corinne for your sympathy about mice. i share your opinion of them entirely.