I’ll post a few days earlier this week. The weather has greatly improved from February and the work of running the farm has gotten much easier. We have now laid a hose over the ground to water the cows and horses and don’t have to worry so much about it getting frozen. It usually warms enough during the day to thaw the pipe if it goes below freezing at night. Today, Tuesday, is nice and sunny, but only a little warm and their is a good gusty wind blowing strongly out of the north. The pipe may actually be frozen in the odd spot that has had no sun.
The temperatures have been right for getting the Maple sap to flow and Aerron has tapped quite a few trees. We tap quite a few Manitoba Maple as well as the Sugar Maple since we have far more of the former and the end product is the same no matter which tree the sap comes from. We got our first buckets of sap on Sunday, others of the tree tapper crowd may have gotten some much earlier but we were a little late in setting taps this season. We think that until now the sap flow has not been very high anyway. Aerron will also be tapping a few Black Walnut trees so we can try Walnut syrup to see how it might compare to the highly popular Maple syrup. Today, Tuesday, was the start of the boiling down process which will be carried out, for as long as the sap flows, on our two wood stoves. We do our ‘sugarin’ in the kitchen with no problems other than it is difficult to find room to boil the kettle to make coffee, never mind to find enough room to set out 2 or 3 pots for making supper.
I heard, Monday afternoon,a Killdeer calling. Didn’t see the bird, just heard it the one time, the first time this spring. Always surprised how early they return each year. Have not seen the Tundra Swans yet, they should be by any time now. I think that in past years they have been by even earlier. We usually hear them before we see them. Really nice to be talking about all these spring things.
The snow continues to disappear and in it’s place is a lot of very soft earth which is of course churned quickly to mud with too much traffic. The frost is still in the ground in most places so we have a long way to go before we can think about preparing any ground in the garden. Lots of ice still around so the footing can be a little precarious in spots.