This is a “ramping up” year and we are trying out different techniques and timing, particularly with the black walnut trees. Paul is noticing that the lower density of the black walnuts seems to be impacting when the sap is flowing as compared to the denser sugar maples.
January is great for brutal cold. It is also great for reflecting on the year behind and the year forward.
The quiet noises of an ice storm are rather magical. The crystal clinking of the ice-clad branches. The occasional crash of a limb or treetop as it succumbs to the weight of the increasing ice load.
We are sitting in our warm homes before hot fires while the white fluffy stuff settles in rapidly around us. Ella has been on her two favorite Snow Day Predictor sites and it looks like either a 71% chance of a snow delay, or 99% chance of a second snow day this week. She’s going with her favorite – the second site.
I am hopeful that on Sunday night we will all be able to sit in front of a lit tree and a warm fire—that is the ultimate seasonal reward.
There certainly is a surge of love and a watershed of generosity this time of year. Our Tapatree suggestion?…a beautiful gift that is handcrafted and also supports the creative spirit of your hometown can be a triple gift—thoughtful, ecologically sound (less transportation cost!), and supportive of the arts in your neck of the woods!