boys on a pond

The Farm Pond

“Look at this big crack!”, I said to the boys. It extended clear across the pond. “Never come down here without a big person,” I admonished, many times. We scribed out a Fox and Geese pattern while David plowed off a hockey rink. In our attic is a pile of skates, size small, double runner, on…

Crosslots-itis

Crosslots-itis. A day in the sugarwoods, and I’ve got a case of it. One of the woods stands on a nearly vertical plane, with one main line running up the center, and others coming off it to the sides, horizontally across the mountain. The smaller lines that I was working on go up, from tree to…

February 15, 2014

Tapping in heavy snow. This is a photo of the five-sixteenth line that runs to each tap on each tree. Paul says, “Just before it goes under.”

February 13, 2014

Welcome to my world…Paul started tapping this morning at 6:00, with his headlamp, and headed home tonight at 6:00 p.m. That’s a day and a half, in the steepest neck of the woods, and snow coming down relentlessly. Mare and I worked together. The silence was punctuated with laughter when each time I slipped and…

Laura Lambert on Tractor

Efficiency

Laura and I rode along with David when he went off to college in Virginia. We stayed in a motel in Leesburg, and is my habit, I took a walk. There, right under my feet, imbedded in the sidewalk, were quotes such as these, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Step by step, I raised a…

Appearances

I drove to a lawn-mowing job, got turned around, and reached behind the pick-up seat for my ear-muffs. Not there. I cannot mow without them; years of driving tractors and moving wood beside a running chainsaw have left my ears sensitive to noise. I searched the truck for ear plugs. Lots of change, tools, fireman’s…

Eggs In Pouch

Analyze the Traffic

I went to a seminar on website marketing. “Analyze the traffic,” the man instructed, so as to count the number of visitors to our new site, and so on. The information was all new to me. Yesterday, I hiked back to the sugarwoods. The season is over, and now it’s time for pulling spouts. We have several sections…