March 11, 2014

Sugar Season Commences

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


Wood shadows


Owen and Dave


Gnarled old beech tree that fell across the path


Moving it




Shadows 


Mound-y snow


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


Deer trails



Owen got his tractor to pull out Justin


Taking the chains off his tractor


Hauling them to the truck


Looking up


Spring road


Amish farm


Homeward bound


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. 

3 comments:

Olivia Vaughan said...

Mmmmm. Love some of your woods pictures.

Jolene Crites said...

Looks like so much fun :) For some reason I love the picture of all the tea cups. lol!

Evan and Clover and Co. said...

Ditto the "loving the snow pictures" comment. And isn't "friendly game of hearts" an oxymoron? I'm sad I didn't get to spend many tea-filled evenings up there this year.