Saturday, January 9, 2010

John and Targ's sugar house

it's a long time 'til the sap runs

43 comments:

Giorgio said...

Does anybody live here?

Kate said...

I love the tone of this photo. I bet at the right time of year that there's much activity there.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a classic. I this a shack were people get warm of they are checking their maple syrup taps? What happens to the wood if it is not painted?

This looks idyllic, but I am sure gathering syrup can be tough work. The brother of a friend of mine in Maine (where I lived from age 2 - 5) has maple syrup taps and he fell, broke his leg, and then slid through the snow for a mile to get help.

cieldequimper said...

Une cabane à sucre! La tire sur la neige ! Wonderful!

Malyss said...

a little house lost in the forest.. a "Sugar house " like in a fairy tale.. I wonder if there's a witch somewhere..

Sharon Creech said...

Ah, a real sugar house! Think of all the sweetness that has passed through it. . .

Aileni said...

Nice sepia.

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brattcat said...

dearest friends from afar, a sugar house is a place where the sap from the maple tree is boiled down to make delicious maple syrup. when the sap begins to rise in the maple trees at the end of winter/beginning of spring, this precious sap is tapped and gathered and brought to this little house where a fire burns under a metal pan, evaporating the moisture from the sap and leaving only the sweet maple syrup.

Sunny said...

Ah, sweet thoughts of spring.
Sunny :)

Aileni said...

I hope this is the picture you wished linked.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

As Mr. Harvey would say, "Now, you know the rest of the story."

Thanks for visiting my Neanderthal post.

Jacob said...

I dunno, Brattcat. I saw some sap out running this morning and it's 32 degrees!

And in Orlando, we have friends running the Disney 1/2 Marathon this morning in sleet (which never happens in Florida!) and they're going to run the full Marathon tomorrow when it will be even colder.

Talk about "saps"! ;-)

Seriously, this is a terrific winter image! I wouldn't want to spend much time there, though ... at least not until it warms up and the snow melts!

Anya said...

Thanks
I saw your comment
I just want to ask you about that sugarhouse?
But now I know it :-)
Very interesting to read about how they make syrup !!!!
:-)

Great antique photo !!

RuneE said...

The photo gad a certain fairytale atmosphere. A bit Grim Brothers quality.

Lene said...

I agree with Rune - this is like from a fairytaile :)

Arija said...

Can't be that long, only another 6 weeks or so.
What I wouldn't give fr some maple sugar candy nd your snow as I melt away at our 44C temperatures.

awarewriter said...

Wonderful tone and texture.

zemphoto said...

Brings to mind the words of Henry David Thoreau when he decided to live at Walden Pond. Henry says: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Such true and beautiful words, and your image certainly evokes HDT's timeless wisdom. Good work, and here's to hoping we each live life to the fullest and find its essence.

Frank said...

Looks just like every other small snow-covered cabin in Tampa. Actually this is a wonderful Vermont scene and is how I imagine everyone lives up there. Snowshoes and maple syrup running. Very picturesque.

You'll be in the Tampa Bay area on the 24th? If it's not freezing here, maybe Mrs. Tampa DP and I could meet you for a coffee or drink?

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh my! What a sweet picture and the roof is covered by sugar!!! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

Rambling Round said...

I would mind living in a sugar house! Neat picture.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Until I saw Aileni's comment and looked back, I didn't even notice it was sepia. I would like to be a child living near that place. I would slip over to this little place and pretend that it was a castle, or a fort, or a ship. What a lovely little cabin.

Yvi said...

Great photo...like everytime!

Small lovely house!

Greetings
Yvi

Giorgio said...

Brattcat, thanks for the explanation about what a sugar house is... actually, now that I think about it, I should have known already from your older posts about making maple syrup!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Fantastic in sepia and what a subject! I just got off a 7 day cleanse just after New Years day. (Maple syrup, lemons & cayenne) it wasn't grade B as suggested but its all I could afford!
I'm told there is a shortage so the price has gone up? In your oppinion what is the reason?
Have a wonderful day-

Trillian said...

I'm agree with Malyss, this house is worthy of a fairy tale...nice shot!

cieldequimper said...

I'm sorry BC, it just spontaneously came out in French. Blame Québec! ;-)

Julie said...

I was transported back to that wonderful series of yours, BC, not all that long after you commenced this blog, about the making of maple syrup.

The photograph is delight and IMHO so much better in sepia than in B&W. The snow is piled up in the the right places, and the structure is such an olde-worlde shape. No wonder some of your readers are reminded of Thoreau.

I must dip into HDT a bit at the moment. I am struggling with meaning now that employment has made way for retirement. His inspiration to find internal meaning might assist.

Good post.

Boise Diva said...

More like a...sugar shack!

SquirrelQueen said...

A wonderful image, so quiet now but the activity will come later. A beautiful monochrome.
The Road to Here

Amin said...

What a beautiful sugar house!

Virginia said...

Just a lovely peaceful place. I am seeing a little snow here in Paris as well!
V

Saretta said...

Oh my God, I can take the maple syrup already!!!

Rob and Mandy said...

Think I saw this house in many many movies. Excellent shot, good composition, and the colors are just... right.

VP said...

Great, like a real vintage picture! This a masterpiece, Brattcat!

Steffe said...

wow,very sweet indeed.

John said...

Log cabin in the snow makes a great monochrome and a topical subject.

Kaori said...

Lovely photo of the shack covered in snow! Although I do prefer it to be running...maple syrup, yum! :)

JM said...

This a lovely little cabin and the shot is just wonderful! Today I posted a wooden house, which is actually very uncommon around here... :-)

slim said...

This is a classic and one to be printed and hung for all to enjoy. Like Julie, I was reminded of your outstanding series on "the liquid gold" you did last spring. I just had some VT medium amber this morning on my waffle . . . yum.

vincibene said...

Beautiful picture!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this is a timeless wonderful image.

Calico Crazy said...

Yum, my mouth waters just thinking of what happens there. One of the few things I miss living in the South. ~ Calico Contemplations