We have had a very long and cold winter here... and I loved every bit of it! :)
Yes, I prefer snow to summer. Go ahead, judge me.
Anywho, the time for sugaring has come- and gone now. We didn't get to start boiling down sap to make maple syrup until the end of March! Usually we start at the end of February or the beginning of March, and boil until the middle-ish or the end of March.
This year was quite different. It was too cold for the sap to flow into buckets. Then it got too warm and we were losing sap because it was turning brown... that's not good, people! Good maple sap should look like water; we want it to turn brown only after we have it boiling.
The good thing about this year-- the VERY good thing-- is that our cousins by contract got to come for a visit and assist with sugaring!
Unfortunately, Beth and Kathryn were not able to join us as they are both far away right now. We did miss them terribly!
OK, on to sugaring! :)
The guys rebuilding the sugaring pit.
Our classy blood cousins came over, too!
There was a good deal of chopping, er.. attempting to chop wood going on.
Molgum trying to make the chunk of frozen sap to melt faster while Count Bob doesn't look so certain it is going to work.
Count Bob, I'm sure you really enjoyed your hotdog because it took so long to get done. :)
KT Bugs all bundled up!
UJ built a small "pit" behind the big one where the sap was boiling. In this picture Cherry and UJ are toasting marshmallows.
Apparently Doofus got smoke in his eyes while roasting his hotdog. Who knew making lunch would make you cry?
Well, there are a few pictures from our day of sugaring with the cousins by contract. We were very sad to see them go.
But life goes on.
I will add a few more random pictures before I go on to explain how we work.
And this is what happens when I get bored.
Now for our operation:
Here is where the magic happens!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we make maple syrup!
Until next time!