And what was I doing while I was outside? I was tapping my maple trees! Lanark County is considered the maple syrup capital of Ontario and the supplies for this are readily available in every hardware store around. The process is really quite simple:
1. Drill a hole in a Maple Tree.
2. Clean the hole. The dark line below the hole is the sap running out.
3. Bang in a spigot and hang the bucket. You can see the clear sap running into the bucket already.
On a 4.5 acre [1.8 ha] property, I only have three maples...something of an oddity in these parts. So now we wait. We'll have to collect the sap daily, filter out any debris that lands in the buckets and then start boiling it down so it will thicken. I've never made my own syrup so I'm quite excited to see how it turns out.
I also saw daffodils poking their heads up on the south wall.
And the lilac tree has heavy buds
Spring is clearly well on it's way. Good thing I finished Chucks socks while it's still cool enough to wear them.