It was "supposed to, maybe, probably, it could" snow all week here in Connecticut. We had rain. But...Friday came and so did the snow. Finally!
The maple buckets are in the woods and there is a fresh layer of clean, peaceful snow on the ground. Perfect conditions for woods-walking and maple sugarin'!
The ducks and geese love it. They take this opportunity to escape from the mud and clean their feathers.
Even the hogs like the snow, since it gives them something new to dig in. This one is almost ready for market.
This is Butch. He seems to be the current ruler of the barnyard. He doesn't mind the snow, and is the first one out of the barn despite weather conditions.
The Sugaring Hut...now fully piped, roofed, and ready to keep on sugarin'. We'll be adding some tin roofing in the Spring time. As it was, I was barely able to finish it to this stage before the sap started flowing! It works great, though, and now we can sugar in all sorts of nasty weather.
Here is one of our "snow plows" hard at work.
Another shot of the new Sugarin' Hut.
Here's Liev heading out to "plow" the "bridges" that we've put out to get us across the small streams and into the woods.
With all the rain, the water in the woods is flowing quite rapidly! In fact, some of the jugs that we set out on some the trees are now inaccesible. The larger brook has swollen beyond its banks and we can't get to some of the maple trees to retrieve the sap. Paco the Cat, however, does not seem bothered by this.
We use milk jugs to gather the sap once we run out of metal buckets and 5 gallon pails. You can see a couple of the jugs on some trees that are now in the midst of the brook. We'll have to wait to collect from those for a while...Or else brave the bitter cold water? I think we'll wait...At least until my Dad comes down and is loking for a job to do! Bring your waders, Dad!
Another tree now in the middle of the brook...
Finally, here is a cool tree bound by wild grape vines. Pretty neat find out there at the edge of the woods.