Finally. Finally I got the rest I needed and just what the doctor ordered....a day of peace and quiet in the woods.
I must admit tho, it was a mess out there. Right now, the woods is still so wet with snow, deep snow. The trails and roads that had been plowed all winter are either glare ice or mud.
Our object of the morning, was to empty the sap buckets. It had been raining and rain and maple sap makes for a muddy brown mess that gets dumped right onto the ground like Bill is doing above.
Frost is heaving and making muddy roads. Later this evening when we went back to gather clear sap, the roads were really getting sticky, gooey, pulling the side-by-side all over the place.
Last year it was in the 70's and 80's by now and the maples budded out quickly. Once that happens, the sap rises to the tree tops and anything in the buckets sours just as quickly....thus, the end of season. We don't mind the snow. We need cold nights and warm days for perfect sapping weather.
|Murray Creek just below the Cabin|
With great regret, most all of today's sap had to be dumped out. The rain off the trees falls into the buckets and turns the sap brown. The sap that makes premium maple syrup for our family, comes out of the taps clear as spring water. It also makes the best Maple Sap Coffee while we wait for the sap to cook down into syrup. Mmmmm Good Stuff!
I sure enjoyed the day, even the water melting and rolling on top of the ice down and around the bends of the creek.
We even saw this sweet little yearling on the way out and the way home again. He was kind enough to stop for a photo shoot.
Seeing so much snow on the ground yet however, does concern me when the fawns start to drop. They are going to have a rude welcome into the world. I hope they don't have to find warmth
' under ' the snow.
No, this is not a real fawn. It's a rock that I'd painted years ago and forgot to put away last fall. It's just starting to peek out from under the edge of the flowerbed that still has a 3ft. snowbank on it.
I will show you another flowerbed next time.
Thanks for coming along to the woods and the cabin with us.
It was a blessing for me.