Two days ago we had snow on the ground and freezing winds. Then the thaw arrived.
Today, at mid-day, it was like spring, with warm sunshine coaxing out honeybees in our son's back garden at Winlaton Mill near Gateshead.
The bees were busy collecting pollen from Viburnum tinus. There as also a bumblebee out, but it flew away over the fence before I could see what species it was of take a photograph.
This one had full pollen baskets
More on winter honeybees here