What’s been happening here!


Did a little painting and gave the barn a face lift. It was so dry, the wood soaked up gallons of stain!

Ian spent a lot of time in the excavator this summer and fall, continuing to smooth, flatten, dig out rocks, build ditches and put in culverts. This is on the first section of the Woodcock, he even worked on “the first hill”.

The excavator needs a name, you know something like Mike Mulligan and Mary Ann. Ian and ???

This was/is my pile of wood to cut, and then, my split pile of wood. I really felt like I was getting the logs cut up and the log pile was shrinking. About that time, my good friend Willie piled some more logs on the log pile. This wood is all cut to 16 inches and is for the 2 barn stoves, the sauna, Gretchen & Ben’s new wood stove, and the fire pit. I processed about 7 cords, and best guess, still have 3 or 4 cords to move and stack.

My September and October days at the office! Time to mow the trails! Peach loves going in the woods with us, and hangs out at the four-wheeler, just waiting for me to get done with the job.

This photo shows why I love mowing ski trails. Looking behind me and seeing the ribbon of leaves trailing thru the woods. And my favorite trail to be on in October, the Upper Blue Jay.


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    • April Montgomery on November 10, 2022 at 9:59 am
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    Wonderful pictures. Thank you. April

    • Eric H on November 10, 2022 at 10:13 am
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    I would like to vote for “Ian and the Wiggle Wagon.”

    BUT, here is a link to the commercial for Volvo Excavators that you may like to watch to get ready for the season (Note: no curses or lewdness, but loud music)…


    • Mary Jane & Jim on November 10, 2022 at 2:34 pm
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    Looking forward to seeing you. Think SNOW!

    • Diana Smith on November 10, 2022 at 5:34 pm
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    What a welcome update. It makes me want to rush over there and go for a hike on the trails, or better yet, to ski them. But we shall have to wait for that! Thank you for all the work and for sharing the good news.

    • Claire Matthews on November 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm
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    Hoping for a snowy winter and to trying out those well set trails

    • Jonathan on November 12, 2022 at 5:31 pm
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    Tracy, Thanks for the update; can’t wait for the season to start. Please reserve at least a cord for Sunday afternoons at the fire pit.

    TOTALLY LOVE the Volvo excavator ad! Feeling inspired for a new video season.

    1. Sunday afternoon fire and dinner! Done BYOD. Bring your own dinner.

    • Jud Hartmann on November 13, 2022 at 12:58 pm
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    The barn looks like a brand new building! Reminds me of an old Vermonter who once described to me an 1800 farmhouse: ” That wood was so dry,you could’ve thrown a gallon of paint on it & wouldn’t have spilled a drop.” See you when the snow flies. Jud

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