The cold and cough that has claimed our family lingers on, but with spring like weather arriving, we couldn’t just lay around. Trust me, I would love to have curled up on the couch with a blanket and box of tissues.
With the weather turning towards spring, the annual “Are we going to make maple syrup this year” debate began. Sugaring is such a love/hate thing. We love the syrup but it is a LOT of work. From tapping to collecting, to boiling and canning. As I type this I smell like a campfire, so I bet you can guess what the outcome of that debate was!
Now my mind is turning to seeds and gardening. I know it isn’t time yet, the temps will drop again, but I dream of green growing things……
|My handsome Mr. Bill. This guy always makes me smile.|
Always let sleeping ducks lie….. You can toss popcorn at them, but they just keep snoozing.
Really, not even an evil eye. Just ducky snores.
|That face….. those cheeks….Ester, my dear, you are wicked! She may be the granny of the group (with the attitude to go with it, think mean grandma) but she will always be a looker.|
|Holy crap in a bucket! Do you see it?!?! The green/blue egg? It has been so long since Ester laid an egg, I thought grandma was done with her laying years! What an amazing gift! I am shocked!|
The littlest country kid and I checking “his” bucket. He said it is his because he tapped the tap in the tree.
He is so excited about sugaring season.
The littlest country kid is one strong cookie. He’s been helping move cinder blocks for the evaporator!
Time to try to get a fire going and the sap turned into Maple syrup!
|Our first sap of 2017 is in the evaporator!!!!|
|Still boiling…. Yup, night has fallen but the fire is still going! I can hear the sap dripping in the buckets so we will be back at it again tomorrow. It’s lots of work but the maple syrup is so worth it.|