Spring in Winter & the sap is flowing

We’ve had our temps in the mid to upper 60s these last few days.  It is great being able to get outside without the winter boots and leggings. Yes, I wear adult winter leggings in the winter, it just makes it more comfortable when it’s in the teens (Fahrenheit) and the wind is blowing.

These last 2 days, I’ve been able to get out and work in my yard.  Raking all the leaves that were left behind from the fall.  And let me tell you, there’s always a lot of leaves piled in all the corners of the yard. I will be sore over the next couple of days, but it is well worth it.  It is always a great feeling to step back and enjoy how nice it looks when all cleaned up.

With the day temps reaching above 40 and the night temps still below freezing, the sugar maple trees have started to flow.  It is always nice to hear the drip, drip, drip, of the 1st drops of sap in the spring.


I wanted to post a video, but my version of WordPress does not support video, but you can go to my facebook page  to check out the video.

We use a camp stove and we have 3 stainless steal 5-gallon pots that we use for boiling down the sap .  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.

So far we have collected 60 gallons of sap, which will produce 1.5 gallons of syrup. I love the way our sap house turns into a steam room and the smell of the sweet maple air.

Now to dream of all the things we use our homemade syrup for… pancakes, waffles, French toast, fried ham steak, candied sweet potatoes and maple cookies.  Just thinking about it, makes my mouth water. Yum!

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places.




Just a quick note

Checked on my bees this weekend and all 4 hives are still doing well.  I was concerned with hive #4 (back, right hive), since the previous week they started spilling out when I had placed my stethoscope against each deep/super to see where they were. It was ~30 degrees F and as they came out, the ones already out were trying to get back in.  There weren’t a lot of bees, just a silver dollar size.


It got me thinking, normally unhappy bees can indicate a problem.  Perhaps the queen was no longer alive or perhaps they were starving?

So this weekend, I returned to my apiary.  It was in the 20s and there wasn’t much I could do.  I pressed my ear on the top box and only heard a faint hum.  I moved down to the next box and was happy to find, that, that is where the colony resided. There was a nice calm hum, no angry bee sound.

I am thrilled that my bees have made it to February… now to make it to March.

~ May all your wandering take you to many wonderful places.