Wednesday, May 1, 2019
We've had some new & different birds visiting the feeder this year.
This rose-breasted Grosbeak visited my feeders this year.
This striking red-headed woodpecker has not been seen on our farm
the entire time we've been here, 19 years.
What a surprise.
I hope he sticks around.
We have lots of white-breasted nuthatches, but this is the first time I've spotted this cutie.
A red-rested nuthatch!
Friday, April 5, 2019
Eldest granddaughter is on Spring break,
so we visited Shades State Park for some early Spring hiking.
Ok here we go!
Whoa! Lots of steps!
And a few ladders!
Walking the streambed.
We've got the whole park to ourselves.
We found a double waterfall.
Good rugged fun!
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Its that time again!
Time to make maple syrup.
We tried something new this year, sealed buckets with tubing.
We've had ants get into the sap in the past.
This works great, no ants!
The hardest part!
Boiling the sap on the trusty evaporator.
We got about 55 gallons of sap this year.
We do a final boil inside where we can regulate the process.
Then we fill the bottles,
Clean the sticky off them,
And finally, heat shrink a cover on the cap.
2019 batch is in the books!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
So yesterday, I saw this.
Notice the buck only has one antler?
Its shed season, when all the bucks drop their antlers and begin growing new ones.
See that big hole in his head?
He's just dropped his left antler.
So today, I took a hike and this is what I found!