The astute observer before 9:20 Monday evening would have noticed that I had posted the date as September 27. I have no idea what I was thinking. The very warm weather the past week has us thinking more and more about the coming spring. We still have so much to do and now, not a lot of time to get things done. Getting Maple trees tapped for collecting sap took a lot of time as did the boiling down process. The collecting of the tree sap is so far not too time consuming as all the trees that we’ve tapped to date are fairly close by. Most are the maples, Acer negundo, yer common everyday ubiquitous Manitoba maple. Makes perfectly good Maple Syrup though needs more boiling as the sugar content of the raw sap is, on average, less than a sugar maple, Acer sugarness. We don’t have a sugar shack or anything similar but simply boil down sap in large pots on our wood burning cook stove. It takes a lot longer this way but the stove is going anyway and the heat is in the house. The humidity level can get pretty high at times, but we can make some claim to not using any electricity or fossil fuels in our operation with the exception of extra water used from our normal to do extra clean up.
All the various animals are fine. Two twin lambs born last night and we did lose one new lamb last week that died unexpectedly. It was weak from the beginning. Chickens especially like this weather as they can all go outside without having the chicken house get too cold. We close up the doors just as soon as some start to huddle inside out of the draft in the corners.
We will begin seeding veggies pretty soon. The first will go into trays to be grown for a good while in the unheated green house so we can’t get going too early. Once the weather starts to remain mostly above 10º C at night and warmer in the day, we’ll seed a few vegetables directly into the garden starting with the fava beans
Since the beginning of the week we have seen several flocks of Tundra Swans flying over. Seems to us that they are just a little bit early. We have seen and heard the Killdeers as well. Starlings are busy nest building. Sure signs of an impending spring.