That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

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That Smell Of The Lanark County SAP Being Processed — Noreen Tyers

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There is Joy in the air along with THAT SMELL OF THE SAP BEING PROCESSED. Just how sweet is that, said Sammy. The Maple Syrup Season has arrived, I am so excited I don’t know where to go or what to do next.

On that first sunny day of Spring a young visitor arrived in Perth. It was Roan, and his Grandparents. They had come from Ottawa so Roan could have his first taste of the Maple Syrup from LANARK COUNTY. You know it is just such a sweet time of year, the Sap flows, down the Maple Tree out the spout. It then makes it way to the Sugar Shack to be boiled down into Maple Syrup. Along the way it travels in a pipeline or maybe the old fashioned Sap Bucket.. Sammy Sap Man was so pleased that Roan had come to see for himself, just how the sugaring off is done and enjoy some beautiful countryside.

Lets see, we can go to Wheeler’s, I have a date to go to Fulton’s and we are planning a trip to Temple’s. That is just the beginning. I have to visit my Friend, Georgette Cameron, she is at Cameron’s Maple Bush, in Lanark and pick up some M O R E maple Butter, oh my that sweet stuff is so addictive, I am so glad there is no side effects from partaking in to much. Well I do have to think about the weight, oh forget it, Maple Syrup Season doesn’t last that long, and should I need to I will do an extra bit of exercise.

Now we are taking a tour down 511 to Stead’s at Hopetown to pick up some syrup for my family from Ottawa. They have been coming to the County of Lanark for some time and they will not buy their Syrup from anyone else. It all started when they would come to visit the House Of Old at, R. R. # 4, near Hopetown, in 1978. I need to pick up some Easter Treats as well, the Saplings are looking forward to Easter and they know that Diane’s Maple Bunnies and Easter Treats are just so good. You know if I were to try a treat from all my friends I sure would not be a be able to travel that sap line. Just last week my friends from the Maple Bush had to rescue me, as I was stuck in the sap line with frozen sap and they had to work to get me on my way again. I am off to Pakenham to visit Fulton’s for lunch on Thursday, and check out to see what is new in their Sugar Bush.

My friend in Perth, took a little drive to Port Elmsley and dropped in at Coutts Country Store and picked up some treats as well. She had people coming to visit and she just never misses an opportunity to pass on the sweetness of our treat from the Maple Bush.

 

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I sometimes feel so bad that I cannot visit all the little camps along the Byways, but the limbs are a tad bit stiff and do not move quite as quickly as they used to. I found the icy roads and pathways did cause a problem this year as it was slippery walking some of those paths. I have to say I did not get my stroll through the bush this year when they were tapping. My friend Georgette kept me posted on the happenings in the Maple Bush and I do find with that the internet, and all my friends at the different Sugar Camps keep me up to date with their pictures. One thing that never changes is the smiles on the children’s faces as they explore and watch the tapping of the trees. No wonder the Maple Syrup business is past on from one generation to the next as it is done with love. Sammy said the sap is so good for you as well, when I was no more than a sapling I used to watch the young ones take a sip from the sap buckets It was great seeing the expressions on their faces when the sweet sap touched their mouth.

I am so happy to be able to take in Maple Madness and have a taste of syrup at each stop as I travel about. I must get on with my travels and maybe I will be able to drop in on a few more of my Maple Syrup family. Good Luck with your season, and hats off to all the hard work and preparation it involves.

Love ❦

S A M M Y

 

 

 

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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