Spring is now full sprung it seems. We have stopped collecting Maple sap and Aerron has pulled most of the taps. We still have 300 t0 400 litres to boil down which will amount to 7 to 10 litres of syrup. Our syrup this season came mostly from the Manitoba Maple. The Sugar Maples were not producing nearly as much and the taps were mostly on Manitoba Maple trees. We did not get far with the Walnut syrup trial. What little we got there got mixed with the Maple syrup during boil down. It is now getting too warm outside to have a wood stove running full tilt in the kitchen. Windows and doors need to be opened.
We have seen butterflies, house flies, several other kinds of flies, moths, lady bugs and honey bees flying about , not many but they have been seen now for over a week. Our one hive of honey bees appears to have survived the winter, neglected as they were. They have been quite active the past few real nice days and some had been seen flying about almost two weeks ago. Lots of different birds have now returned and in another week the last of the migrants, the Barn Swallow, will be here.
Not been able to get into the garden yet but all set to get a start today. A lot of onions are up and growing in trays already and many more veggies will be seeded into trays to be grown out in our greenhouse for transplanting into the garden in May and June.
All the animals are doing well. The one cow that has looked as if she has been going to have a calf for the past month is still looking quite imminent, have not looked yet, hope she has it soon, weather is perfect for calving now. Frost is finally out of the ground so we can now get posts dug in and fencing put up and repaired. Chickens are really looking forward to a new area to scratch up. The new flock of Barred Rocks is still not laying, quite disappointing there and the ISA Browns, the main flock of older birds has dropped off their lay rate quite a bit. Most of the new spring lambs have been born.