|the girls getting the water jugs we collected ready|
Tapping has become one of my favorite rituals of spring. It occurs at the most perfect time. The weather is changing and we know we want to get outside and start gardening or cleaning up the yard but especially this year there is still too much snow to do anything. But getting out in the fresh air to walk and lug jugs of sap for boiling is the perfect springtime exercise. It has helped me get over the last blahs of winter year after year. It is the perfect activity to welcome the changing season and say fairwell to ice, snow, woodstoves and coats.
|climbing the big snowbanks to get to a maple cluster off our driveway|
|gently pounding in the spiles its important not to pound them in too much as to split the wood.|
|Our first finished syrup of the year, from the first day of collecting. So delicious!|