Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Banana Cream Pie

It's what's for second breakfast the day after oral surgery. We are serving only soft foods to my little one for the next few days. Yesterday it was ice cream all afternoon. Today started with scrambled eggs...

There has to be a bright spot to oral surgery.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It all becomes crystal clear

There are so many life lessons to be learned from backyard sugaring. So many sweet rewards.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Change is in the air

Two weeks. There is a light snow falling today, a foot of snow on the ground, and the sap is turning. The season is drawing to a close. Just over two gallons. I feel fortunate to have had this season. Though it's been short, it's still quite sweet.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Predictability

The sugaring season is governed by the weather. In 10 days it will be this year's memory. So much in life is not so foreseeable.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Christmas Revisited

Our Christmas Cactus is reblooming. Its interesting to watch nature do a double take. I've never seen a cactus bloom at Easter.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We are three for three

Third boil produced much the same as the first two. Seven and a half quarts is the running production total. The weather is warming quickly. Not too many freezing nights remain in the forecast. Only Mother Nature knows how long our season will run. This is always an interesting time of year.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Do you follow the rules?

I believe generally we all follow the rules. In America the rule is to drive on the right hand side of the road. The consequences of doing otherwise are dire.

In maple sugarmaking the rule is sap runs when the temperatures are 40/20. The trees are tapped when the temperatures approach this split. But there is always one. One that flows to her own drum. One that fills the bucket when the temperature barely clears 32. This time of year; she makes me smile. While all her sisters are steadfast holding out for 40 or better, she is dancing in the sun. Good girl.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Morse Farm

Probably nine years ago, we first visited Morse Farm up in Vermont and met Burr Morse. It's so cool to talk with another sugarmaker; to see their evaporator. In this photo, behind Burr is their three stage pan: the warmer, the main pan and the finishing pan.

They have thousands of taps in acres of trees, with a new sugarbush under development. Our single pan is smaller than their finishing pan... But we are only a backyard enterprise of now 15 taps. So that's not surprising. And our expansion was blessed by the baby finally being big enough for her first bucket. Talk about a rite of passage.

It's so gentlemanly of Burr to remember me, and to take time out of his day to sit and chat about the season. Our's is in full swing and up north they are still frozen. Probably this week their sap will start to run. Hopefully.

Imagine having your livelihood based upon the weather. They have had their share of bad seasons. It happens. For our small operation I watch the weather and wonder if we will make one or five gallons. For Morse Farm, it's will we survive. Burr has been a sugarmaker for 64 years.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What? Where?

What happened here? Where is she? She being the proper pronoun use for my bike. Ruby is at the bike spa for her annual spring tune up. New tires, brake pads, chain and gear cassette, along with cleaning and tuning. She will be gone a week. I miss her.

Yesterday I was driving through towns I regularly ride through. I'm so looking forward to riding on the streets again.