I like to think I am in a symbiotic relationship with my bees.Like a parasite that lives symbiotically or a parasite that kills its host... very beekeeping.
Is that early for your area? In the Otira Valley it started early January and was over by 1st week of Febuary, normally it starts mid to late Jauary and is over by end of Febuary
The rata tree had a very extended season here too .It was very early @bighands , when we saw the first trees coming out in flower we didn't believe it and got the bino's out to confirm. Normally it starts around Christmas/New Year. The nice bit was, that it lasted for so long and even with bad weather in between the bees worked it well.