Getting sappy and shackin’ up
The week began with lots of snow and then sunshine. Warm winds began to blow and the temperatures began to rise. Cold at night, above freezing during the day — time to get sappy!
These pretty blue bags will collect the liquid gold as it flows from the trees. It’s not actually golden when it drips from the trees — it’s clear — but after hours of boiling maple sap transforms into a thick, syrupy, golden sweetness.
My helper appreciates the drilling and tapping process. And I’ll be honest: I handed over the hammer after I smashed my thumb. I may or may not still be crying. Dang! I got it good. I should have been using a rubber mallet. That’ll teach me … kind of like the time I tried to open a can of cocoa with a bread knife! We won’t go there, though, or mention the stitches in the thumb I nearly cut off. That was a looong time ago. I’ve since learned to use the right tool for the job. Sorta.
Holes drilled, spiles (spouts) tapped into the tree and bags attached. Now we just wait for the drips. The kids find the whole project rather magical. Tap a hole in a tree, liquid comes out and then we can boil it into maple syrup?
Now THAT is SWEET!
And so is this season of life. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, enjoy every sweet moment, friends!
P.S. We aren’t really “shackin’ up” because we don’t have a sugar shack. Some day, though!