Country Maple Farms Shelburn MA Jim and Angel Bragdon
Jan 25, 2016

Working in the Sugar Bush


The work is never done...

 

With the new vacuum system we need to make sure there are no leaks in our pipelines.  That means we have to spend a lot of time looking for leaks in the pipeline.  If there are leaks that means the vacuum will not work as well.  We knew a tree had fallen down on a section of our main line (the bigger black pipeline) and it needed to be repaired.

We fixed the main line, which I forgot to take pictures of, doh!  Then we remembered the tree was still on the mainline a little farther up.  Of course we forgot to bring the chain saw with us, so we had to do the next best thing...

 

It took us... mostly Jim... a little bit of time to cut all the way through this tree... and of course when the tree fell the rest of the way to the ground... it broke the section of main line we had just fixed... if only we had remembered the tree was still on the pipeline before we fixed it... haha!

When we were out in the woods on Saturday it was a little bit chilly out.  When we took a break for a snack we built a little campfire.

Jim took this neat picture of the fire...


The next day we took a break from fixing pipe line and did a little sugar bush scouting.  We were able to get permission from one of the land owner's where we currently have a small sugar bush to expand.  This involved a lot of hiking.  Which was worth it... there was a pretty good view from the top.

As we were walking to different points Jim was marking on the map where the top of a run would be...

Now when we look at it on Google Maps it looks like this...

 

Now when we are ready to start building this next sugar bush we will know where to start from.

I know this next picture isn't related to sugaring... but I thought it was neat and you'd like to see it.  Everyone is tucked in for the night :)

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