On this day one year ago we had this:
It was so cold yet that the sap coming out of the Maple trees froze mid-stream.
And one year later, we have temps skirting the 70s and snow melting like crazy.
And since we did not tap this year, I’m hearing all kinds of stories of how wonderful the sap is flowing and sugarbush camps are thriving everywhere. I’m really glad to hear that, because it means that there was enough rain last fall to compensate for the minute amount of snow we received this Winter (so far… it’s still March in the Northwoods and anything can happen) and the trees are nice and healthy
AND since we will have free time to do other things instead of tending boiling sap for 14 hours a day on weekends, we can do other things. Like start chipping away at the 10 truckloads of firewood that needs to be split and stacked. Or clean up the yard of branches that fell over the past few months. Perhaps shovel up the 2 tons of sunflower shells from the bird feeders.
I think our hibernation just ended.