Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maple Syrup Yield!
















I think I can spare some for presents! :D

Boilling with the big guns!!!




















Those three garbage cans are where we are storing the sap. 
 
And let the cooking begin!


Do you see the collapse happening?
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Next weekend we will move the "arch" to the driveway where it is more stable and less likely to be disturbed by melting snow and ice.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tapping Trees

We are trying our hands in making maple syrup this year. Of 40 viable trees, we only tapped ten as we were told we would have more than enough!
Dear SP drills the first on a beautiful winter Sunday!
The Rowland's guide us and kindly donated the gear and expertise!
First spile is flowing!
Drip! Drop!
Happy times!
My first drill before I corrected my angle.
Drinking straight from the tree!
Panoramic view of the front fields!
Our youngest sipping sap!
We added a little utility humor for the neighborhood!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday Sandwich



















Everyone went to the mountain today, but I stayed home because I wasn't feeling well. I completely cleaned out the kids rooms while they were gone. I think the yummy egg sandwich powered me. Nothing is better than the huge smiles and even bigger thanks I got from the kids when they got home. It added a much needed fill to my bucket!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Our first cook of maple syrup.

SP started cooking this morning. The sap first boiled at 12:50. We are guessing about 15 gallons were processed. It's 9:45 pm and we are finishing it inside. It looks like we will need to get an earlier start next weekend. 
We started with fairly frozen sap that needed to be cooked in order to thaw and strain.
Adding more...
Straining it off...
Sapbergs

The finishing pot has a handy spigot
Filtering out all the bark and moss and even bugs and such
Evaporating the water. The sap was 1.7% sugar according to our hygrometer.
Watching it evaporate is akin to watching paint dry...
A selfie of the cooker!
Finishing it inside on the stovetop. 

Sap Icicles

The most amazing treat nature can offer! Baby has been a dedicated helper. I adore him!

Preparing our temporary Sugar House!

It's a makeshift structure built by SP, our seasoned mason. 


Harvesting sap!

Our first day of collection equals at least one gallon of sap!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Before prepping for winter...


The mornings are getting colder and colder and scraping the frost off my windows is making me late to work. My car needs to go in the garage but the bay is full. We have a lot of work to do this weekend!

After...


3.5 cords of wood, thrown and stacked, and man do I feel it!
 
 























Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Before...

Well SP already got a start on it but I was at work (really wish I took the picture when I thought of it a month ago)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hydraulic wood splitters are fun!

What a productive weekend we had splitting the rest of the wood.
Thanks to our friend Bruce (in blue for his help).
Bruce is the friend that brings all the fireworks to our house.
 Hi Bruce!



















I never knew industrial sized power tools could be so fun! Can we do it again please?

Here's a seldom seen photo of prematurely grey me!





Sunday, October 6, 2013

It's been a busy season.


 I don't know if I have blogged about it or not yet, but we officially went crazy this spring and summer and raised pigs. Yup - two big old girls named Hamlet and Kevin. Yes they were both girls with men's names. Hamlet seems clear enough that you can figure it out, but Kevin she was the special one. Kevin Bacon is now in our freezer and she was some pig! Here's a little photo essay of their time here on our homestead.