We called this "Bob Wire" when I was growing up and four strands was usually enough to keep the cattle in. We have several rolls of barbed wire on hand but no critters to contain so we're repurposing our barbed wire into rustic garden art.
Apparently, we're not cutting ourselves enough with our glass work. After the first few attempts at a barbed wire star Jason's forearms looked like he had been crawling through the briar bushes. We quickly discovered it takes a great deal of patience, a little finesse, long sleeves and a good pair of gloves to manipulate the wire. I guess you could say we put our blood, sweat & tears into our work! :D
Our home is surrounded by 9 large maple trees that we guess to be around 100 years old. We enjoy their shade throughout the summer months and now we're enjoying homemade maple syrup made from their sap.
Last spring we boiled sap for the very first time. We had purchased a dozen metal spiles (taps) at a yard sale the summer before. A real find for a couple of bucks! The spiles were the only maple syrup making tools that we owned. We used milk jugs to collect our sap and run of the mill roasting pans found in almost everyone's kitchen to boil it. Our video below will show you the process.
We really enjoyed making maple syrup. This project gave us a reason to get outside and have fun before the cabin fever set in! :D The process is time consuming but simple enough. Our only real cost was the purchase of the spiles. We collected sap for about 3 weeks, spent 3 afternoons outside boiling and ended up with 1.5 gallons of delicious maple syrup.
We will be tapping trees again this spring. Stay tuned for more videos!
P.S. We've been doing a little research and found that there are several different types of trees that can be tapped for syrup. There's a lot of information available online. We've shared a few pins on the subject on our Backwoods Knowledge Pinterest Board.
Our little acre is lined with bluebird houses and they always get plenty of use. It was time to repair and/or replace a few of the houses so Jason has been busy making repairs along with this video. We hope you enjoy it and build a few bird houses of your own. The bluebirds will appreciate it.
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