This gallery documents the first year in our new home and property in New Hampshire, beginning in late September, 2010. Comments and inquiries are always welcome.
The most recent entries appear on Gallery Page 1. To view earlier entries, click a later Gallery Page number. For a larger view, click an image.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Clearing Skies and Trees
50 degrees F and even some sun today!
Today Eric started clearing trees west of the stone wall which is slated for horse pasture. It is level and not very dense here, but there are plenty of Red Maples which are not good for horses and must be removed.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Mud and Snow
Like the Red Sox, spring is off to a slow start and we are still waiting for a win. Today wasn't bad, near 50 degrees F and a bit of sun. But this evening flakes filled the air once again and left a light coating on the deck. The snow is melting though, and a warm sunny day will send it well on it's way.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Portions of the front yard are starting to emerge. Last night the temperature stayed above freezing for the first time all year. Today was fitful, alternating between rain and snow showers as the temperature dropped steadily throughout the day.
After dark we heard a thumping sound near the front door. I turned on the light and caught a pair of racoons in action, scaling the front of the house in an attempt to reach the bird feeder. One pressed his nose against the window glass. Of course they were gone by the time I grabbed the camera. The feeder is down for the present and the chickadees will be angry tomorrow.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Games Horses (and people) Play
When it's time for afternoon hay there is much carrying on around the paddock. Caspian knows he's getting second-cut hay and is quite, well, animated about it. Lot's of head-tossing, bucking and rearing. It's become quite a daily ritual/game.
Note: there may have been a snow ball involved here, hmm, wonder where it came from? Hint: she's wearing gloves and smiling.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
A successful burn today, thanks in large part to Ian and Brian. With the snow cover shrinking, today may well have been the last weekend for burning, so I was hopeful we could make a little progress.
We dropped some smaller, dead and dry hemlocks and started a fire between the still snowbound brush piles. From there we attacked the piles with chain saws and brute strength. Eventually the fire was hot enough so that anything we threw on it was consumed. Still plenty left to burn, but today was a victory!
Friday, April 1, 2011
April Fools Day
A cruel April Fools joke, played by Mother Nature, if you will. The weathermen really hyped this storm all week, predicting 14 inches of new snow today. Perhaps an attempt to drive up their ratings. Fortunately we only ended up with about 4 inches here and much of that has melted. So the joke is on the weathermen and for that I am quite thankful.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Jason is back at work this week, running the forwarder up into the woods and hauling out logs that have been snowbound for the past two months. This batch is bound for the pulp mill.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Dreaming of Green Grass
Caspian has taken to nibbling at the tufts of old grass that are starting to appear in places as the snow slowly recedes. Regrettably a significant storm is forecast for Friday which may further delay the appearance of greener pastures. Fortunately there is plenty of hay in storage.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Long Patience
Some visible progress in the area of snow melt.
Compare this image with the entry from February 26 to see the 4-week progression. Little wonder that my back has felt better of late!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
A Beech Day
A pair of beech trees reflect the afternoon sunlight, one week into spring. There is an abundance of beech trees on the property, but sadly, not many sugar maples.
This is maple sugar making time in New England. A friend assures me that the cold nights and sunny days have caused the sap to flow quite well this past week. The local sugar houses are boiling well into the nights and producing a fine quality syrup.