The studio is located outside the beautiful town of Charlevoix, Michigan, about one mile from Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Maple Syrup Time
Today is a beautiful day to be outside! With temperatures in the 40's, Bob and I decided we needed to get the sugar maple trees tapped today. Our little bear Hamish, who always loves adventures, wanted to help. I got out his wooden sled and he got to ride on it and take care of the pail of spiles.
Bob went to "the helpful place", our local Ace Hardware, and bought a new 7/16" bit for his drill. The portable electric drill was much easier than the old brace and bit he used to use. Hamish wanted to try everything, but Bob told him he wasn't strong enough to hold the drill or hammer.
Hamish was content to get spiles out of the pail and hold them while Bob drilled. A pail lid made a pretty good seat.
"Thanks for the spile, Hamish."
"This is fun being inside the pail. I hope Dad doesn't put the lid down though, while I am in here!"
"Sap tastes good! Maybe not as good as honey, but my mom said it is much better after is is boiled and made into syrup. I can't wait, but Dad said it will be a few days before we start to boil it. We need a lot of pails full. This was fun!"