Declared victory and pulled out. Shut off the vacuum pump at nine last night, burned the last stick of wood at ten, dumped the last fifty gallons of nasty sap on the ground and locked the sugarhouse.
Not a bad season, but a rough one, I will wind up with about 250 gallons, down from 300 last year, but way more than 150 from two years ago.
All done in fifteen days of twelve plus hours per day. My wood didn't burn as well as I thought it should, the sap wasn't very sweet, so I wound up cutting wood in the morning ans burning it in the afternoon and evening.
I AM NOT NINETEEN YEARS OLD ANY MORE!!! And I really feel it.
Today I hope to finish my taxes, do my March snowplowing bills and not move my body more than absolutely necessary.
Next week I still have to clean everything up, break down the drums and fill retail containers, etc., etc. Right now I'm not sure where to get a little more wood to boil out the pans.
Two weeks to clean up, then the weekend of April 25-27 for the only real time off before summer craziness starts. We are going to the New England Folk Festival in Mansfield MA. Two days of music dancing and performances. We've been going every year since 1985, can't miss it.