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Sugaring Time!

Enki's experiential materials teach science through their nature stories, seasonal movements and songs, and being outside (of course!).  It was wonderful timing to read "Sugaring Time!" this week in preparation for the maple syrup festival.  This story was one of the first ones I read to the children a year ago when I first got the materials.  It was good to hear it again and know the songs this time.

Sugaring Time

Willow and I are still working our way through her first book of letters and words.  It is always fun to see how she makes her pictures just a little different from mine.  Her people certainly exude more life and warmth.

Path to the Sugar House

Saturday, it snowed, of course, after having been near seventy degrees two days before.  It was eleven degrees when we crossed over Elk Garden, our high point on the way to the Mt. Rogers school.  Mike's middle sister was with us and we left her car and rode down the snowy mountain together, me stuffed into the back of our car.  The pancakes, sausage, syrup and applesauce were very tasty once we got down to the school.  The crafts vary for year to year and seemed a little sparse this year, but we got Willow a new bonnet (which I think I can use as a pattern) and a walking stick for Roan with a forest spirit carved into it.

Tapping

We briefly visited the sugar house, since we figured this was Mandy's one shot at the maple festival.  They weren't actively making syrup at the time, so it was nice to be able to hear about the process without the loud evaporater going.  There was a rain/snow mix in the previous night's forecast, but they got three inches, I think, with more in the drifts.  The wind was howling, for sure.

Making Maple Candy

The ride home was sunny and clearing, as any good sugar snow should be, and we came to home to rest a little.  I was so tired.  Being sociable really wears me out and quiet time didn't involve much rest.  Oh, well.  I have really come to depend on it.  Nonetheless, we made maple candy before supper, like Laura and Mary in Little House in the Big Woods. I kept having to switch to a bigger pot as the syrup boiled more. When it reached the soft ball stage, we poured it over snow we made with the blender. The children loved it, though I would like to try making maple sugar next year.

Comments

( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
blakdove
Mar. 31st, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
I love Willow's drawing!
impossibleway
Apr. 1st, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Me, too. I am so in love with children's drawings.
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impossibleway
Apr. 1st, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
We used about a cup of maple syrup and that made all we could stand. ;-) We sent you some mail today.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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