Tuesday, February 22, 2022
This time 0f year is not winter and not spring. It is maple syrup season. The sap is flowing and that means cleaning the evaporator, installing the flew pipe on the stove in the sugar shack and tapping trees. When daytime temps reach above freezing and night time temps dip below freezing, sap is flowing. Sap is collected from sugar maples but can be collected from red, siver and other maples and other tree species but we like maple. For every 40 gallons of sap collected you can get 1 gallon of syrup, depending on the sugar content in the sap. Sap collection occurs every morning and late afternoon. When enough sap is collected to fill the evaporator the boiling begins. As the sap approaches the syrup stage it is drawn off and finished inside. The smell of evaporating syrup is like no other, sweet and mapley. Gods goodness in a tree.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
During the cold month of January I am usually doing one of these three. Weaving seems to take up most of my crafting time as of late. I did get out some roving and am spinning that on my Louet. Here are some of the hand painted spindles I have created. I like to paint familar things here on the farm.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Friday, February 19, 2016
Last Friday my Shetland/BFL ewe had triplets. I made little coats out of felted sweaters, because the temps were in the teens. All are doing great. Another set of triplets born this morning from my texel cross ewe and all are up and nursing. The temps today will be in the 50s.