Let’s do something local today. I took this around Christmas on an afternoon that I happened to be driving around and had my camera with me.
I was up early and took a ride over to an apple orchard in Hollis, NH, hoping the blossoms would be out. They were not, but the light was very nice and the sky was amazing. Enjoy!
Note: This shoot included nearly getting my car stuck in the mud (instead of stuck, it is just mildly covered in mud), an encounter with a wild turkey and trying to out run a tractor spraying the orchard with something or other. Photography…it’s not just a hobby, it’s an adventure. =)
A sure sign of spring yesterday was the first day of full-scale maple syrup production at Parkers Maple Barn. Warm days and cool nights cause a sweet sap to flow in maple trees, particularly the Sugar Maple. The sap is harvested by drilling holes in the trees and collecting the sap that runs from them. Included here, is a photo of an old-fashioned collection bucket on a tree. Nowadays, it is mostly collected using plastic tubing and big tubs. The sap is then brought to the sugar house where an evaporator boils off the water leaving sweet maple syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. You can see a mix of wood smoke and steam above the sugar house. Check out all of the fire wood.
Tomorrow, we will take a look inside.
When we bought our home almost fifteen years ago, it came with the outbuilding pictured below. We call it “The Barn” but it was built in the 1940s as a garage for school buses. While pleased with the building, I hoped we never had problems with those huge sliding doors measuring over 3 yards/meters tall and wide each. There have been few issues, but Wednesday, the door was stuck halfway open. The roller at the top had corroded and needed replacing. Fortunately, the prior owner left us two spares. (A good thing because the man at the hardware shop said they can cost in the hundreds of dollars for vintage reproductions.) We had to take care not to disconnect the old one until the new one was installed lest the door not be supported and come crashing down. We used a lever to raise the door up, and then installed the new roller with a set of three bolts. After letting the door down again, we removed the old roller and voila. I am hoping for another 15-20 uneventful years.