last year i had four buckets and it was a cold day when i set them and i had no idea what a good tap looked or felt like so i didn't know until they started producing if i'd done it right.
this year the sap was running when i drilled and some of the taps flowed so enthusiastically i got sap splattered on my face.
i've put out ten buckets, reserving one for in case i need to do a demonstration.
some of last year's trees are getting a break this year, but a couple are in service again.
i really do get a sense of being part of the land, a happy feeling when i do this. and i feel love for "my" trees. "good trees" i tell them, "and thank you for your gifts."
|last year's tap hole, healed|
|i love you|
|drip on the spile|