A few weeks earlier, when we'd had people to stay, I heard screams and was told a big wasp had just been thrown out. As the snow was falling, the wind howling, and no sign of any greenery, never mind flowers, I paid no attention to this, and thought it must have been a spider or something, and felt sorry for the poor thing.
Then I came across this while taking in some logs. I found many more, so obviously our log store was considered a good hibernation place. Temperature must be a factor in waking up the queens. The log store is open on one side, but has a roof of sorts. It is certainly not what I would have thought of as a good place to hibernate, but by the numbers of queens I subsequently found, it must be good for them.
I hear the rest of the country is having summer, and some are complaining of the heat. I am sitting here in a wooly jumper, looking out on a sodden scene. However there is little wind, so the bumblebees are busy on my vipers bugloss and foxgloves.