雞年

Dear Reader(s),

好久不見 I’ve been silent for a long while now, it was nothing personal, just I had a lot going on. After moving to central New York we decided to buy a house and well looking for a house took most of the latter half of last year. Then buying, then I started in on refinishing floors, painting walls, etc., etc. You get the idea.

Then there was those weeks of raking leaves. Then the snow fell, and fell, and, fell. All that has given me little time to adjust to slow pace of rural life and even slower internet speed.

Pre Thanksgiving Snow

A little Thanksgiving snowfall.

I was beginning to think that the snow would never end and the daily shoveling was starting to be a bit of a bore. But, alas some unusually warm weather arrived and the snow disappeared.

At which point I decided to tap a few of the maple trees that dot our property. Making maple syrup is not something I’ve done since I was about five years old. And I am sure at that point I was more of a hinderance than a help. Not that it is terribly complicated, mostly just a lot of boiling.

However, being that we moved in rather later into the fall than I had hoped to I was not able to amass any firewood for doing even a makeshift outside evaporator. So I’ve been doing it on the stovetop. Which is not ideal, but it did help with the wallpaper removal I was planning on doing.

So while at the moment I am a slave to the flow of sap in the trees in the near future I do hope to return to a more regular posting schedule.

Maple Tap

The slow beginnings of maple syrup.

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