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23 posts from February 2012

two barns on a hill

Driving around last fall all the color on the side of the road caught my eye, getting out of the van was when I spied not one, but two barns.  I'm guessing that the barns are on the same piece of property. 

Big barn on hill

Barn two on hill

I stopped for the color and the barns were just an added bonus to the photos.


how high are your gas prices?

Gas price

Sitting in the van while Jim gassed up I spied the gas sign in the rear view mirror, this was taken yesterday.  I mostly took this shot because the reflection was pretty neat and more than one reflection going on in this shot.

Well it seems the sap run has slowed down now.  Jim is checking the level of the boil, you don't want to get it down too low or you can burn the batch your boiling.  So far, so good, we haven't done that yet.  After 6 days of boiling, total to date is approximately 360 gallons of sap and 7.37 gallons of syrup.

Checking the level

Equipment is cleaned and ready for the next run. 

Hope you all have a great start to your week.

it snowed

Frosted trees

Yesterday we woke up to snow and the trees looked so pretty.  Our bird feeders look so lonely out there on the back deck.  I didn't fill my feeders this winter as we were going to be gone for more than a month.  I didn't want the birds to come and then all of a sudden they weren't being fed, but now it's time to fill them up again.  I miss my feathered friends.

we've got it down pat

Jim has his end all figured out and so do I.  After the sap boils in the evaporator it gets brought in the house where I finish the boiling process.

Boiling down

I test it with a hydrometer to get it to the correct temperature, then we strain it and put it in hot bottles.

Hot test

Yesterdays boil yielded a gallon of syrup.

First batch of 2012

We'll see if we get the number we got last season which was just over 20 gallons of syrup.

:: today

Yesterday I had to head to Illinois to see the dentist.  I like the one I go to so I don't mind the drive.  I left at 9:00 a.m. and got back about 7:00 p.m.  It was a quick trip, but I got to see some of the kids while I was there.

Yellow light

One good thing about going there I was able to pick up some angle iron that Jim needed for the evaporator, so that today we could start to boil.

Stove pipe

Pouring in the sap

I'm organized with my part and now I'm just waiting for the sap to boil down.

Oh man, I can't wait to taste that first taste of the season.