Sunday, March 13, 2011

First Gear

Spring is just around the corner.

How do I know this?

It could be the smell in the air,

little spots of green popping up everywhere

or the lack of hardwood in the woodshed.

It's ALL gone!

But it ain't any of those things.


I know this because our outdoor work has begun.
And we've only hit first gear.

Until we're ready to start up the wood stove and start boiling,

we're storing our sap in this barrel.

Someone around here was clever enough to come up with a unique

storage solution. We're using a new and washed rain barrel; emptying it will be a breeze 

with its handy dandy spout.

 ~Be well friends~


Michelle said...

Looks like a lot of work, but will be worth it in the end I am sure!

ain't for city gals said...

I will be looking forward to seeing how this works...and how much syrup you get from it.

Dawn said...

Can't wait to see the end result.
Love all things that are "handy-dandy":))

Have a wonderful "springing" week:)

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I can't wait either!
To see all the great posts where you show everything from A-Z!
Could you maybe have a giveaway with some of this yummy stuff? If I won, it would give me an excuse to ask J to make his famous pancakes~which I never ask for because he makes such a famous mess :)
xo, misha

Debbie said...

How beautiful. Now that is something that I have never done and I find it fascinating. I can imagine the satisfaction you must feel accomplishing something so rich!

Connie said...

Mmmmm nothing better than fresh maple syrup! Lucky you!

Deb said...

My mouth is watering.

V.L. Locey said...

Yup, sugarin` is a fine way of knowing spring is near. Mister spent all weekend helping our neighbor tap, gather and boil!

Nancy said...

A sore back is the Mother of invention! Good for you guys! Love maple syrup. :)

MJ said...

Oh how wonderful to make syrup from you own trees!!! Looking forward to seeing the process for sure!!

Teresa said...

What a great idea for storage. I can hardly wait to see what you do with this to process it into syrup.