This blog is about our travels in our solar powered "Airstream" and living off grid, in our passive solar home, near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada.

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Monday, 9 March 2015


Every day this week will be above freezing. The sap will be flowing and we need to take advantage when the conditions are right.

The huge roll of blue tubing is way more than we need but will last for years and we have no idea how many trees we could be tapping five years from now. 

The black connector in the middle allows three lines to come together and saves us from going from tree to tree to collect individual pails of sap. 

The sap will be dumped into these buckets and then carried up to the fire pit where the sap is boiled down to maple syrup. It take 40 litres of sap to produce 1 litre of maple syrup. It is a slow process when you do it over an open fire; but when the sun shines and you are sitting around with family and friends tending the fire nothing is finer.

At the moment everything is deep in snow. Our evaporator is under that blue tarp. How much will disappear today is anyone's guess. We want to be boiling by Wednesday so we need to see some big changes in the next 48 hours. 

It will soon be time for pancakes, sausages and Canadian maple syrup; oh so yummy!!!

Thanks for stopping by and keeping an eye on us.

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