Chip gets a haircut as the maple sap boils down.

The warm weather has made our lives busy a bit early this year.  Not only have we already tapped and bottled all the maple syrup for the year, but we have also begun clipping the goats fiber. 

Unless by some miracle the sap begins flowing again after tomorrow's freeze, our maple season has already ended.  I think in most typical springs there's a much longer period of time where the nights are below freezing and the days are above 40.  It looks like we only have about half of what we were able to bottle last season. So hint hint....get your syrup early this year because supplies are limited.

The animals seem to be enjoying the warmer, drier weather, though that means they are shedding and matting early.

 Houdini with her baby bump...it won't be long now!

Houdini with her baby bump...it won't be long now!

Chip is the first to undergo the clippers this spring, though I hope the other four will all soon follow suit.

 Chocolate Chip before her spring 2017 cut.

Chocolate Chip before her spring 2017 cut.

 Chocolate Chip after the spring 2017 cut.

Chocolate Chip after the spring 2017 cut.