It's important to me to celebrate maple season each spring. It was such a wonderful part of my life growing up, and still is. Early spring could be a very discouraging season here in New Hampshire -- usually there's still a good bit of snow in addition to a lot of mud. It's exceedingly rare that any spring flower, no matter how hardy, dares to show its head. Sugaring time adds a spark of fun to the season as well as a wonderful purpose -- producing maple syrup to enjoy throughout the coming year.
Above are the basic maple themed shelves on my hutch. Old maple syrup tins, a couple of "sugar cake" molds, and some vintage sugaring photos on the top shelf.
Below it, old and new jadeite, a maple syrup pitcher, and a couple of tiny brown birds. I added the "blessed" sign just because I am blessed!
The above photo shows the entire hutch. A bit blurry. All of these photos were taken with the Kindle.
I added maple decor to the living room this year as well, atop a bookcase in a corner of the room.
Just a favorite lantern, a sap spile, some maple sugaring art, a syrup tin shaped like a cabin, and maple syrup labels from back in the day when Mr. T's grandfather and mine both made maple syrup to sell.
Above is a closer look at that fascinating linen towel. If you can't read it, it says "With warm days and freezing nights, sweet impulsive life stirs in the woods. Sap's A-Runnin'". That is a wooden sap bucket at lower left. The red item is a wooden neck yoke which enabled the wearer to carry two gathering buckets at once. A chickadee is perched on the yoke.
And there is just a little peek at this year's maple decor. Hope it gives you just a tiny taste of New Hampshire maple sugaring season.