||[Jan. 23rd, 2013|08:45 pm]
Today, much against the weather forecast, I left the apartment and encountered brilliant sun-shine. This is most welcome, as the last four weeks have been almost non-stop clouds (with lots of rain and/or snow mixed in.)|
So first I went to IKEA, not because I need any furniture (most definitely not!) but because they serve good coffee, and from their restaurant one has a brilliant view of the mountains. Ah, mountains... haven't seen them in weeks!
On the way to work from there, I noticed that the snow was melting in the sunshine. It wasn't actually all that warm, but the sun shone strongly enough to melt things.
And as I was stepping through some snow, I noticed it crunching. It sounded exactly the way it would sound if you stepped on some sugar that you'd spilled. Or in other words, it was sugar-snow. Sugaring snow. SUGARING SNOW IN JANUARY?
Well, why not. So I made a stop at home and got the maple-tapping equipment. Then to the office, with drill, tap, hammer and bottle in tow. Drilled the hole into the maple trees I so happily discovered last fall. Waited 5 seconds - nothing. Declared the whole thing ridiculous and was about to leave when I looked once more... there it was! Maple sap in January. Hammered in the tap, hung up the bottle, added a sign to it (otherwise the first passer-by will wonder what on earth is going on and perhaps destroy the contraption?) and happily walked back to my office.
2 hours later, about a cup of maple sap had collected. Austrian maple syrup, here I come...