20130413 - Maple Syrup Day at the Farm

20130413 - Up early and down to the fire.  Uncle Roger was there boiling down already and the steam was gently rising through the air.  The weather was not the best we have ever had, but certainly not the worst.  But really for this day it doesn't matter, it is all about being outside, running free, exploring, sharing and being with the special people in our lives.  The people started showing up ad they kept coming all day long.  Some just popped in and left and some stayed all day, either way we were happy just to see them.  We had some Scouts, baseball team friends, work friends old friends and new.  We planted trees, took a hayride, explored the barns and attic, the reconstructed basement, the falls the pines, the woods and cemetery.  There were kids everywhere and no stone was left upturned.  The food was amazing and plentiful.  Oh and the syrup was just divine.

Once again the memories we made.  Our Dutch friends met many new people and others from not so far away kindled friendships as well with total strangers.  Odd how a fire and a love filled historic location can do that; every time your visit.  If you didn't make it this year, we hope to see you next year.

Special thanks to Gma&paW for all the hard work preparing, and all the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that help make this a Family Farm and a great annual event.

After the fire died down and the last guests drove off, we quickly cleaned up (we have it down to a science now) and ran to Ashland to grab some dinner.  Back to Gma&paW's and we collapsed for exhaustion and joy.
This year Aunt Louise and Paulette were no longer with us :-(