it has been raining a lot, with a sunny day scattered here and there. terrible weather for gardening and enjoying the outdoors, but fantastic weather for mushrooms!! patrick and i found almost 3/4 of a pound of morels in our backyard this week. signs of spring are also popping up everywhere, as i found the remains of a beautiful blue robin’s egg, the peonies are growing fast and the garlic is getting taller. i checked on our one remaining hive last week and they were still alive, but pretty weak. the cluster was really tiny and the queen had only laid a small amount of brood. we have a lot of weak hives at earthworks as well. i can only hope for the best, but it has been a terribly rough year for the bees so far. but now all the flowering trees are in bloom and i was woken up to the sounds of a spring thunderstorm, so hope is still alive.