Archive for March, 2006

Sugarhouse Tour II

Monday, March 27th, 2006

The sign we had seen advertising Maine Maple Sunday was at Harvest Hill Farms farm stand on Route 11. We had stopped there just as they were closing the first time we drove home through Gray, just in time to get some delicious maple hard candy. Their farm is up Megquier Hill Road in Poland. […]

Sugarhouse Tour – I

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Maine Maple Sunday is a regular event on the fourth Sunday of March, which is usually at the peak of the maple sap run. Besides pancake breakfasts sponsored by every organization that has the energy to do them, maple sugar farmers around the state set up tours of their operation and try to attract the […]

Maine Maple Sunday – I

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Last weekend (I mean the weekend of March 18-19) we saw a sign on a farm stand, and ads in the local paper, about Maine Maple Sunday, March 26. It turned out to be a bigger deal than we realized. First of all, let me say that I was wrong two weeks ago when I […]

Fuzzy

Monday, March 27th, 2006

On the way back from a rummage sale (billed as “indoor yard sale” at the community center in Waterford, we finally got to look at Naturally Fuzzy Yarns, the little yarn shop in the woods, in Harrison. Jan, who owns Naturally fuzzy, made me a copy of the announcement for the Denmark, ME Sheepfest which […]

Grout

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I finally put grout in the tiled piece of plywood in front of the wood stove. One of the first things I did for the house in Casco was to bring up all the extra tile from our bathroom renovation in Newton to tile a 2 x 4 foot piece of plywood so we would […]

Brace and Bit

Friday, March 24th, 2006

On our way down Main Street, Bridgton, we stopped in a store that has touristy stuff, souveniers, and antiques, something like Cornfield Trading (but it’s not field — I can’t remember what). I saw an old brace and auger bit, $3 for the brace and $1 for the bit. I have better bit braces, but […]

Table Legs

Friday, March 24th, 2006

I got to use the biscuit joiner that I bought last weekend. Table legs are now put together, though it would probably have been smarter to have routed out the cutouts for the cross brace before attaching the angled parts. I can clamp a straightedge to them to guide the router base rather than using […]

Crooked House

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Arlene noticed this house, on North Raymond Road, several trips ago. We can’t figure it out, really. There’s a much bigger house across the road from it. This looks more like a playhouse, but it’s pretty big for that, or a guest house. At first sight it looks as though it’s falling down, but the […]

Cultural Literacy lesson

Monday, March 20th, 2006

At lunch one of our co-workers, a Chinese woman whose upbringing didn’t include shamrocks and leprechauns, was asking about St. Patrick’s Day. After we got the shamrocks and leprechauns straight, Colin recited the following rhyme: Saint Patrick was a gentleman who by quickness and by stealth drove all the snakes from Ireland. Here’s a bumper […]

Bird Feeder Pix

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Matt said, “I can understand why the goshawk perched there. It’s a comfortable horizontal branch with a great view of the hors d’oeuvre tray.” He was talking, of course, about all the little birds that visit the feeders, which the goshawk is thinking about for lunch. We’ve only seen a pileated woodpecker once in Casco, […]