This week I’ve been in our sugarbush hanging sap buckets, 215 so far. That may be as many as I put out this season. Our Windham County, Vermont property is typical of the region; rugged and steep. Covered in wet snow, as it is now, it’s especially slippery. There are always more maples I could tap but getting close to them with the loader and gathering tank is the problem. Not to mention the precarious nature of totting pails full of sap across frozen side-hill. Maple sugaring; all the thrills and spills of a three ring circus.
Another worker operates the overhead crane used to lift materials from the ground to the roof.
Over the three days I spent on site I was able to watch a fascinating construction, and de-construction process. A building that has undergone centuries of use and reuse, is once again re-purposed.