Sugarbush 2014 is finally over, and I have to say it was very exhausting.
While we only boiled two times, the second batch was a doozy! We pulled an all-nighter last Sunday boiling 93 gallons in 25 hours straight. It has taken 6 days for my body to recover from that, and I’m still not back to normal yet.
Whatever normal is.
That second boil yielded just under four gallons of syrup, bringing our cache for the season to five gallons. We broke our previous record of sap collected to 133 gallons. My arms still have phantom aches from carrying those buckets.
But it’s over and done now, so we can start working on other things around the homestead, such as cleaning up the debris in the yard caused by the Winter storms.
And also getting rid of some troublesome trees on the property.
We had six that had to come down – pines and oaks – that were dying either due to age or critter damage. One tree in particular was leaning against a power line that was coming into the house. Every time we had a storm or strong winds, that thing would swing and sway, causing my anxiety level to skyrocket, hoping it wouldn’t take the line down.
Now I can rest easy because that troublemaker is going to be chopped up for heat for the house.