Thursday, March 22, 2012


The blog is a little time capsule, able to reveal the most interesting things. The weather, for instance, albeit circuitously. April 27, 2011, the waterlilies in my rain barrels broke the surface. Fast forward to 2012, waterlilies showing up on March 18. They're six weeks early. Everything, in fact, is early. Toads and spiders. Bumblebees. Muscrats with their nookie. The premature swelling of a pair of tender pear trees. All anomalies. Nothing to hang your hat on. I'm watching the quality of light bathing all this preternatural green. I'm wondering what flowers will be left to blossom when it's really spring.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Homestead Day

We established our first annual Homestead Day.

Spencer & Tom (tying up hops in cheesecloth.)
Gene boiling maple sap.

Brittany, Dylan & Felice


Mary sewing up our homegrown hops.

Spencer grinding grain.

Dylan wondering what the hell is going on.

Adding the grain to the maple sap.

So innocent looking.

Now the malt.

Mad scientist.

What have we done?!

Yeast and coffee for the wart.

Daisy Dog says now we wait for six to eight weeks.

Then we'll bottle the Lumberjack Beer.

Stay tuned.