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Hi,

In the photo below are three icicles.




But . . .

they aren't really "ice" cicles.

They are sapcicles.

I noticed the other day there were drips coming from my tree, but I knew there wasn't any ice on the branches. Then I noticed that the drips were coming for the ends of some branches that Bruce cut after some of the ice storms we had because the branches were getting caught in our power lines.

Spring must be coming . . . the sap is
flowing :-)

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I like playing my fiddle.

I've noticed that if I'm angry, mopy, discontented - playing Alain Teaghue really helps. Even if I'm working on the dreaded double-stops, playing helps.

William Congreve's 300-year old couplet reads, "'Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." It is often misquoted as "savage beast". Beast or breast, music indeed casts a strange spell over us. Things are easier to memorize if set to music. How many of us will still fly through the alphabet song to remember if Q is before or after R? I can still remember TV commercial jingles from when I was a child or a teen.

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I just looked out and noticed the sapcicles had fallen. I went out and put them in a bowl. I wonder if it will be sticky when it melts? I know this isn't a sugar maple, their leaves turn red in the autumn and my tree's turn yellow, so I'm not expecting it to be sweet. Oh, and now that the sapcicles have fallen off, the branches are dripping again.

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That's all I have to say for now :-)

Comments

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shirebound
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sapsicles! Love it. :D
pearltook1
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe thank you :-D
mysteriousways1
Mar. 7th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
There is something you don't see everyday. lol
pearltook1
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought they were quite the different thing. Part of the oddness was seeing "icicles" on those few branches and nowhere else! LOL
rosamundeb
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Cool!
pearltook1
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Have a great time at ORC, Ros! Take some of your gorgeous photos for the rest of us :-D
rosamundeb
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Cross your fingers for me! I'm not sure how good they'll come out from row E; it'd be great if I get a chance to move up to C at least. And thanks - *S*.
grey_wonderer
Mar. 8th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I wonder why the sapsciles only formed in those three places?
pearltook1
Mar. 8th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I think it was because the branches were cut in the winter. I don't think the ends had had time to "heal" or dry out and when the sap started to work it's way into the ends of the branches to start things going for bud production it was able to seep out the open ends.

They are still dripping today. I think (hope) they will heal over eventually.
grey_wonderer
Mar. 8th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I hope it doesn't hurt the tree. I don't know much about that sort of tree. We have a bradford pear and a stubborn little maple that decided to take root in our yard on its own. It is working on its third year with us and in spite of a very bad experience with a weed wacker the little maple seems determined to grow. This is a tough little tree. The guy who mows our lawn got the top branch with a weed wacker last summer and I honestly thought that the tree was done for. I was so upset but I need not have worried because it managed to grow back the leaves it lost and more. Trees are very interesting even when they aren't Ents. : )
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