Yesterday I took the stethoscope back to the hive and had a listen and happily there was a lot of buzzuzzing from within. So the cold weather hasn't finished the bees off. And today I saw a bumblebee out and about.
And coincidentally Mike @ Articles & Texticles just sent me this picture of an early beekeeper's hat from RadioGuy's collection. It wouldn't look out of place at the Steampunk exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science that we saw today on an outing to Oxford. (Sydney Padua, who also runs the Natural History of Shelbourne blog created the poster for the exhibit featuring her Babbage & Lovelace comic strip.)