Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
FISHING ON THE FARMINGTON
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005
Sunday, March 27, 2005
HAPPY EASTER FROM WINCHESTER CENTER
Saturday, March 26, 2005
ELEPHANTS FROZEN STIFF
Friday, March 25, 2005
HOUSE IN SNOW - BLACK AND WHITE
Thursday, March 24, 2005
JOHN BROWN'S BIRTHPLACE
Torrington, CT - This marker is located where John Brown the famous abolitionist was born on May 9, 1800. The house burned down in 1918 and all that is left now is top of the stone foundation and this marker. John Brown was convicted for treason for his 1859 raid on the Federal Arsenal in Harpers Ferry, VA.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
BOILING THE SAP TO MAKE MAPLE SYRUP
Maple Corners Farm, Granville, MA - Once the sap is collected it is put into a holding tank and then piped into an evaporator. The sap is kept between 217 and 219 degrees until it gets to the proper sugar content. It is then poured off as Mark is doing above, and gets sent to another machine to get finished off. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. It is my understanding that the grade of syrup is mostly determined by time of season. The earlier in the season the better grade of syrup, Fancy earlier and ends off at B grade just before the buds appear. Once the buds appear on the trees, maple sugaring season is over.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
MAPLE SUGAR TAPPING - OLD STYLE
This is the traditional way maple sap is collected to make maple syrup. In the past the farmer would collect the sap in a tub that was on a horse drawn sleigh, some farmers still do. Today, a tractor would be used instead. Freezing nights and warm days are needed to make the sap flow. Each tree will yield about ten gallons of sap which will make about one quart of syrup.
MAPLE SUGAR TAPPING - NEW STYLE
Monday, March 21, 2005
DAFFODIL'S ARE ON THEIR WAY
Sunday, March 20, 2005
ABOUT MY BLOG SITE
I want to give a flavor of New England, what are the sights and what it is like to live here. New England has its own beauty, everyone knows about the brilliant autumn leaves, white churches in picturesque villages, the rocky coast of Maine, fishing fleets off of Glouster, MA. I am hoping to give you all of those as well as the lesser known sights and people known as New Englanders. It is also very industrialized in certain areas, especially in Connecticut, home of most of the big insurance companies and many defense contractors such as Pratt and Whitney, Electric Boat, Sikorsky Helicopters, as well as many others. Many houses are from the 18th century, I myself live in a house, originally built in 1770 as a law office. I feel New England is a special place; it has a special feeling that cannot be duplicated in any other part of the country. So come on in and stay awhile and enjoy my New England. Let me know if there is anything you would like to see a picture of and I will see what I can do.