"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Snowdrop, Shingles, Syrup & Sheep

This was a perfect March day, bright and breezy, and fifty degrees or more. Before our excursion, I examined the snowdrops poking up through the lamb's ear in my front garden (more about lambs later!) The snow has melted, so time to pull away the fallen leaves to expose my bulbs to the sunshine.

Our first stop today was the cottage on the Big Lake. We were nearly there when we realised we had a very flat tire. We pulled off the road and popped on our spare, then carried on.

The lake is mostly still covered with ice, but the water around our dock is opening up. The gale force wind was giving me a bizarre kind of "up do" on one side of my head.

One recent windstorm ripped away some flashing and stripped off shingles from the rooftop. We found them scattered on the ground, all round the house.

Fortunately, there's a layer of old roof material underneath the current layer, so no moisture leaking into the bedroom.

Here's today's lake traffic.

The next stop was the hilltop farm we visit every year at this time, for the maple sugaring.

This was their first day of tree-tapping. Here's the old fashioned method, catching the sap in metal buckets.

Drilling a new hole.

Sap emerging. Tap that maple, quick!

The modern method: rubber tubing. (My husband inserted this tap himself!)

Stoking the furnace.

Steam venting from the evaporator.

After tasting today's syrup--delicious--we visited the sheep and new lambs. Here's the welcoming committee.

Our favourite little lamb, the youngest and wobbliest, sucked on my fingers like they were teats!

Leaping out of the manger.

More cute sheep pictures....

On the way home we stopped in the village to rent a DVD and pick up some Singapore curry noodles. Time to eat them--now!

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