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Saturday, March 23, 2013

revisiting Kings Landing sugar bush weekend





maple taffy on the snow


Since the weather wasn't the greatest and I wasn't feeling that great either, I never got to the Sugar Bush weekend at Kings Landing Historical Settlement this year so I thought I'd post a few pictures from last year for Sunlit Sunday.

A year ago we had had beautiful hot temperatures for several days and the snow melted away so fast that it caused major flooding in some areas along the rivers.


It was a perfect weekend for a visit to Kings Landing and to walk around in the gorgeous sunshine and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this historic site.



These are various types of spigots used to tap into the tree so the sap can flow into the buckets as in the 1800's.



Here is a spigot in a tree with a drop of sap coming out.
I waited for a good five minutes and took several pics to get the drip just right.  :)



The old way of gathering sap.






The sap is collected and boiled down in these iron kettles over an open fire.



It was pretty muddy with all the melting going on.


No sunshine this weekend and it's typical March weather but, it's nice to dig back into the archives and see how sunny and warm it was just a year ago.
If you'd like to see my post from last March go here.

I'm linking with the last Sunlit Sunday of the season

Thank you, Karen, for hosting this meme for the winter months. 
It has been fun and helped those of us who participated to find some sunlit moments in a long winter.


Blessings,

Pamela

27 comments:

  1. Photo archives are such a wonderful place to visit when the day is dreary and dull. I can almost taste the maple syrup after looking at your photos. Hope you are feeling better and that you have some better weather ahead.

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  2. I have been to Kings Landing all those years ago but have never experienced the maple syrup miracle, ever!

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  3. Wonderful post, Pamela! I would LOVE to see for myself maple syrup being produced in the old-fashioned way. This is the second-best way to see it and I appreciate your post.

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  4. Thank you for the trip to the sugar bush, Pamela, and for sharing it at "Sunlit Sunday". I would love to visit this historic place and soak up the atmosphere!

    The weather was oddly warm here last year as well, but it had such an adverse affect on the orchards that I'm reminding myself to be patient while some lingering snow remains.

    You now have me craving pancakes or French toast and maple syrup. Oh, dear!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend; I hope you're feeling better.

    -Karen

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  5. We are so fortunate to live in the era we do with modern methods for food products. Well, and washing clothes too - I wouldn't have made a very good pioneer woman. :-)
    Judith

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  6. Wonderful photos, Pamela! Isn't Maple Syrup Season a truly special time to cherish, the sweet first breath of Spring...?!

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  7. Great pictures of the sap gathering process at King's Landing. Sorry that you were under the weather, but so good to take a break on a day that was probably windy and cold. ( At least it was here.) Beautiful photos...I especially like the one with the wooden spout and the drip of sap.

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  8. Thanks for the photos, Pamela. I love maple syrup but have not seen it's production in real life. Hope you are feeling better. : )

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  9. Great pictures and a love knowing about how these things were done. Thanks for sharing

    Visiting from Sunlit Sunday

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  10. We were just talking about how warm it was a year ago at this time, even summer like. Interesting photos!

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  11. I'm sorry you don't feel well, Pamela. I hope you feel better soon.

    Susannah

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  12. Sounds like a fun happening. Amazing what it does to feell the sunshine . . . in real, or pictures from the past.

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  13. Great to see photos to go along with the description you sent me! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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  14. Awesome pictures ! A blogger friend sent me fresh maple syrup from New Hampshire not too long ago. Her family had gone to a friends sugaring shack. I'd never had REAL maple syrup before..what a treat that was

    Feel better soon! :)

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  15. Oh I do remember how lovely it was last year. I have not going out to any sugar shacks this spring but I do have my order in for lots of syrup to come our way from a neighbouring sugar shack.

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  16. Yes I do remember how warm and beautiful it was last year. I guess, we'll just have to wait a little longer, even though it is quite hard. I am getting impatient. Thank you for letting us stroll down memory lane with you. I love maple taffy on the snow ;-)

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  17. How interesting! And the sunshine really breaks the cold. I'm glad you shared these. It's nice to look back! Hope it warms up there soon!

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  18. Great photos, I would love to visit that area some day. Hugs, Marty

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  19. I love going to places like this where people reenact scenes from life long ago. Doing things the old way is interesting to compare to modern day technology, isn't it? But maple trees need to be tapped just the same as back then. I like that.

    Hope the day lightens for you.

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  20. I miss the sugaring-off time we used to enjoy so much when we lived in the east. Now I have to be satisfied with pancakes and maple syrup - but I sure would enjoy some maple syrup poured onto the snow and eaten then and there!

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  21. Thanks for sharing the photos of the sugaring process. I love the photo of the drip of sap coming off the spigot.

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  22. Pamela, I certainly hope that you are feeling better soon. It's a great post, they used to have something like that going on near where I grew up.

    Jen

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  23. I can't believe we missed this again.. I hope you feel better soon..
    Take care, my friend..

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  24. What is sugar bush weekend? Are you on the east coast?

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  25. That looks like a great place to visit. I've heard it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup! I hope you feel better quickly.

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  26. There are lots of folks here tapping trees...I'm sure you read that on my post this week...in fact there have been several open houses to enjoy, although we've been too busy with birthdays!...:)JP

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  27. Love that last photo! Sorry you didn't feel well enough to visit this year - get better quickly. When I lived in New Hampshire we used to visit a similar place - loved watching the process, even though maple syrup itself is so sweet for me!

    Take care Pamela - Mary X

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