Friday, 3 April 2015

My Goodness Thats Big

Yesterday afternoon the delivery man turned up, I was watching him on the cctv hauling this big package from his van
I was surprised it arrived so quickly 
I wasn't expecting them to be so big 
What are they ?
These are the sugar Maple trees now fondly christened Amy's trees.
after Amy had been blogging about harvesting maple syrup here Amy's Blog I did a bit of research and found a supplier of sugar Maple trees in the UK, we may not get such a good harvest as in Canada as it depends on the winter harshness to make the sap sweet enough, I still thought they would make interesting trees to add to my woodland collection.
I ordered them from Ashridge Trees very quick delivery 48 hours, they do have a lovely selection of trees and I will be shopping there again soon.
I now have to get some big holes dug and get them planted.

For dinner last night I cooked up Sausage and Cornbread pie
Its basically smoked sausage chopped topped with a tin of sweetcorn, tin of chopped tomatoes sliced green beans and then you add the cornbread topping and bake in the oven.
I did make up a big batch of cornbread mix so its ready to be used again.
Right the kids are all up now so no more peace.

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  1. What an unusual idea and I hope; that you can get your own maple syrup from them after very cold winters. You'll be praying for snow each year now!

    The supper looked interesting. I keep meaning to get cornmeal for breadmaking, but although I was in Aardvark yesterday, came home without any! I am back on the histamine-intolerence wagon now, sigh, and having to really lower my levels as now another part of my body has joined the party (my bladder!) No hiding place . . .

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    1. I have the coarse and the fine in the cupboard, I used the coarse in this dish sorry to hear you are not good again :-)

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  2. Will watch your plot with interest...............I love tree's and what fun to have something different.

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  3. The pie looks good and I love cornbread, I will be trying this out, I have a houseful next weekend so it will be an easy one pot wonder. Maple syrup from Wales, have you found out how to boil the sap yet, I could almost drink it out of the bottle.

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    1. I love Maple syrup but its going to be some years before we have any :-)

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  4. Ohh to have the space to plant a selection of trees, I have to admit to being a tad jealous. Having said this my recent allotment is a budding Cider orchard underlayed with a wild flower meadow (well that's the plan), so perhaps I could find room for a couple of small native trees near the hedgeline, something I'll be looking into m'thinks.

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    1. I dont think you can ever have too many trees I love them all shapes sizes and colours :-)

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  5. I can't remember how long you have been reading my blog for Dawn, but if it has been a while you will know that I love trees, so I am honoured for these to be called Amy's trees!! Your dinner looks delicious too!! Happy Easter!! xx

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    1. The willows are called Kev's corner as he put me on to them eventually my Arboretum will be full of bloggers trees :-)

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  6. I've only ever heard of cornbread on the old cowboy movies. Is looks lovely..

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    1. Now I have the mix made up it will be easy to knock up a batch, I used a duck egg when making up this batch :-)

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  7. We had a van load of trees wrapped like this and then in corrugated cardboard, they looked so unusual packaged this way, but after only a month in the ground they are all full of buds and the Almond trees are full of blossom, so they obviously don't mind being packed and hauled around like this.

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    1. I dont mind them arriving like this they are easier for me to handle, I wasnt expecting them to be so tall today is hole digging day :-)

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  8. Apparently you will need 10 gallons of sap for one quart of syrup. This estimate is dependent on the sugar content of your sap. That's a lot of sap. Hopefully you get enough for a few pancake breakfasts! I think it would be fabulous if you can get enough to make even a small jar of syrup. I love it.

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    1. If I am still blogging in 30years I will let you know how it is :-)

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  9. Amazing. I've thought about planting sigar maples but didn't think they'd do very well here. I'll be keen to see how you get on. How long until you can tap them?

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    1. they have to be about 40 years old with a trunk of 10 cm in diamter so I not holding my breath on this one :-)

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  10. Can't wait to see them out of the bag! I don't think our winters in Cornwall would be cold enough for sweet sap. Haven't made cornbread for ages, good idea :)

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    1. still not out of the bag but today they will be :-)

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