Today, Ed’s family took advantage of the warm weather to get outside and tap trees. Maple syrup is a tradition that both of our families carry on. I remember when I first started dating Ed, he was so happy that I could talk to his dad about tapping trees, making maple syrup, and I even got to make maple sugar candy with him.
Pails collect the sap the old fashioned way.
Melissa and Chris also set up sap lines, plastic tubing that runs through the woods and lets the sap collect into a large drum.
The sap was running today thanks to the warm weather, but it’ll be cold again this week. The sap will pick up when the weather warms up more during the day. My family will wait to tap their trees until then.
Ed and his dad split wood for the fire that boils the sap down into syrup.
Molly, the Scottish Highlander, wonders what everyone is doing in her pen.
The little sap house sits waiting, with stacks of wood next to it. Soon, it will be filled with bubbling sap and sweet steam.
And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to post my family’s maple syrup set up when they tap trees, too!
To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.