What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sappy: Maple Syrupping Pt. 1

The end of February is the beginning of syrup season.

Or at least, the time for PREPARING for syrup season.

Matts dad has the whole she-bang when it comes to syrupping~ An evaporator. Tubes and taps. A sap house and trees already marked for where the lines go every year.

It is a big job, one that requires a whole lot of time and commitment and since we have been moving here, there and everywhere in those years, we haven't had the opportunity to help out.

So his dad hasn't done it in almost four years and the maple syrup reserve that he (and we) had has long since been depleted. This is the year to make that travesty right.

Last weekend Matt, his Dad and his brothers put the main lines out in preparation for the taps and tubing. About 3-400 yards of it. I decided to help them since, well~I couldn't bear to have Matt out of my sight.

It was a gorgeous day for it. Not too much snow on the ground, clear and mild.

Then, as if on cue, it began to snow just as we had finished and began walking back to the house.

Big, gorgeous white flakes.

They anticipate tapping a couple hundred trees or so but that is a job for another day.

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