|Buckets hanging from taps|
photo from land-of-snow.com
|modern tap- drill upward hole about 1 1/2inches|
into tree and hammer in the tap
photo from Schmiding.com
|Ojibwe woman tapping tree with wood chip and birchbark containers circa 1900|
photo from en.wikipedia.org
It has been a long time since I have done it the way Aboriginal people showed it to Europeans originally , and I know for sure these fellows -as old as they are - haven't ever done it like that . Maybe with a little persuasion I can get them to chop the wood I need for an open fire . Of course , the promise of a meal cooked on that open fire is the easiest way to tempt them into commitment . I'd best turn on my charm .
Pancakes and bacon...or hot cornbread...or maybe frybread...slathered in maple syrup...and fresh white pine tea sweetened with maple sugar ...I'm spring hungry .
I can't wait for a full glass of sap right from the tree to welcome the new life that is beginning to stir...all new life begins with water ...and it's flowing .