It is the end of April now and we have finished our maple syrup harvest with only 19% of our crop with extended cold weather to blame. We averaged just 2/3 of a pound per tap which is extremely low. So in short, we had a real bad harvest. We can however take great comfort and rest in knowing who sits on the throne and that he will not desert us. Towards the end of April we had a huge snowstorm, probably the biggest one of this winter. Before the storm came, our Grandpa and Aunt came up from Florida to spend five days with us. It was cut short as they tried to fly out ahead of the storm, only to be stranded in Green Bay, WI for four days.
This chicken found a good place to lay her eggs, although, I don't think Daltin is super happy about it.
Keeping our tanks clean is just part of our daily routine.
Keeping a positive attitude makes the work easy.
One thing about our Grandpa is that he LOVES his fires and if you ask me, I would say that he looks WAY to happy with the torch.
We are constantly cleaning our equipment which is a must for making awesome maple syrup.
With only five boils under our belt this year we now have fifteen barrels instead of the projected eighty.
Seems like Mitchell's got himself a prisoner!
It was good to be able to spend some quality time with our Grandpa and Aunt.
We fully enjoyed our time with Grandpa and Aunt Tina, even if it was cut short because of the winter storm coming.
Our road before the county plowed it.
The view outside out back window. We wished this was back in December instead of April.
Along with having to maintain our driveway, we also have to make sure that our woods roads stay plowed so that the boys can make their trips up to the pump shacks.
Getting in a little sledding time. This will probably be their last time this year... hopefully.
Austin pulled out the snowblower, which I don't think he has ever done in April.
Exactly a year ago, we had time to prepare our MCI bus to go south....
This is what it looked like after storm.
Daltin had the annoyance of the tractor not starting. Without fail, he repaired it and was able to plow the drive.
Springtime is here or should we say summer???
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."