Hail and hearty the adventure awaits the bold and daring and the ambitious ones. Skills to survive, to conquer it all, to bring peace and prosperity to a fragile new colony.
The great wild awaits, with it’s luring call. Venture forth, oh great human. Come into this great wild land and reap the rewards of this new world. Come, entices the forest, come to this viewpoint and see my wondrous beauty. Come, calls the wind and I will show you how to live. Come to the new colony, to this brave new world.
The sun shines in glory and golden rays sparkle through the trees. It is springtime and the air is filled with the cheerful song of nesting birds, thriving insects and birthing animals. Fragrant flowers fill the forests and meadows and the spectacular colour of their beautiful petals brings smiles. Hope. It is upon us again. Hope for success this time. It is spring. Hard work and toil should pay off with success this time.
The sap is running, it’s maple sugar time. The sap of the maple sugar tree can be boiled into a delicious product of sweet tasting syrup. Syrup, candy, cookies, butter. A new tradition, a new culinary delight, a new culture in cuisine. Come, calls the wild land, fill your buckets with this sweet tasting goo. The sap of the tree is honey or sugar to the new settlers. Joy from the wild, since this is a delight that is easy to harvest and delicious to eat. Maple syrup eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits. A whole new cuisine based on the sweet delight of the maple sugar tree. Now the joy of cooking is ours, in the great new land. A treasure, a gold mine, a product of tasteful delight that gives the new settlers an item for trade. Food, prosperity, luxury. Oh brave new world, there is real wealth here. Live and thrive in the great new land.
http://wildblueberries.net/maplehistory.html a history of maple syrup
Harvest the riches, the abundance and the gold. Tap the stream of sap, of the maple sugar tree and be rich. A prized product from the forest, maple sap, maple syrup, maple sugar. This centuries old industry developed another uniqueness in the new world. Unique fur traders, unique sugar maple. An identity is being born. A connection to the land and to it’s people. A connection of trade and business. Something new to send back to the old world of France. There is nothing like it in Europe. Interesting. Curiosity and intrigue develops. What of that great land across the ocean. What else is there in that vast frontier?
Slowly, but slowly, the colony increases. Slowly, but slowly, it ignites the fire of imagination. Yes, they will come to Canada, even if forced by royal decree, they will come.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
May 31, 2016