After we couldn't get into the woods Friday, we called a friend whose father used to run several thousand taps, but is not up to that volume anymore and he offered us a part of their sugar bush. Which is awesome. People are nice.
So on Saturday, early, Justin, Owen, Tori, and Orianna went and tapped around Owen's house and then, that afternoon, we headed over to tap the loaned sugar bush. And to be clear, by we, I mean everyone else. I just take pictures. When we were heading out, Owen said "I can see Bet is planning to work hard--she has her camera." And that is pretty much what I did. Took pictures and watched kids and occasionally waded through the snow with some buckets or lids. I left the work up to other people. Still, if I didn't take the pictures, who would?
Looking at these pictures, they probably seem lackluster. Really, they don't do the woods justice. The quietness, interrupted by the thwack of the hammer and buzz of the drill, the left behind tracks of animals, the occasional holler for a few more lids, the kids playing hide and seek, the sun shining through the trees in a lazy, late afternoon way.... And then home to a lovely meal, tea, and games.
A most satisfactory day.
But first, here are some chickens. Olivia took these pictures Saturday before we went to tap.
Chicken feet are so ugly.
Getting things together to head out.
Conference in the woods
The trail breaking tractor
Owen and Dave
Gnarled old beech tree that fell across the path
Setting off to tap
Tapping in progress
Orianna toting lids
Lily with cold feet
Justin drilling the holds
Owen followed behind, putting the tap in and connecting tubing to the bucket
Tori came along behind Owen and tapped the tap in deeper than you could push it by hand
An old tap we found in one of the trees
Beech tree on snow
Justin's truck got horribly stuck. But it did really well up until this point. I was impressed with it!
Close up of snow
Old animal tracks
Swirl on snow
Owen got his tractor to pull out Justin
Taking the chains off his tractor
Hauling them to the truck
Tea after supper
Elsie settling into a proper little snuggle with an Archie comic
A "friendly" game of hearts
Annnnd..... Ticket to ride. This is actually a silly picture, since Livie had already taken all her pieces off, but still, it was there, we played it.