What to do when: Need to finish tapping
but can’t tap some days, too cold, might crack the bark.
Tap on the weekend? There’s no imminent thaw.
Just might go for a ski.
And you ski through a large sugarbush up north that’s all tapped out.

Snow trolley

What to do when: Should make sugar one more time before the sap runs
but best to do on a sunny day.
The outdoor water faucet is frozen hard
and the indoor water’s turned off so the pipes won’t freeze.
It’s just too cold so let’s go skiing.

It’s just as well the big snow storm missed us.

What to do when: Have got to decide how to offer tours
but it’s still a pandemic
and a reservation system seems pointless
when you can’t plan your boiling times.
You’ll think about it on the ski trails.

What to do when: Pick up the empty syrup drums-
all eighty of them up in Hardwick-
three van loads plus the roof rack-
there’s no good day for this
and it takes two.

Chief of Operations bought himself a new tool vest.

What to do when: Must set up the sugarhouse for boiling
but brrrr, it’s colder than outdoors in there.
It takes a good twelve hours.
There’s no big hurry – yet.
Let’s go skiing. This powder snow won’t last.


What to do when: Leap into a new blog season,
but there’s no one counting down at the starting gate.
There’s no starting gate.
Today snowmelt dripped off the roof, though,
for the first time in a month.

The snow can’t last,
but oh, what glory this February.
The first sap run: no one knows.
“Give me a featherbed or give me a tightrope.
I’ll take the tightrope.”*

Featherbed or tightrope?

*A quote from The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

2 thoughts on “What to do When

  1. It’s almost been 4 weeks skiing straight on the Mt. And I have not felt or even seen ice on the trails. It’s been so much fun skiing everywhere. SunValley condition. It won’t last forever. Get it while it’s good.


    1. Hi Tom and Laurie, You of all people would be able to say with authority that it was like skiing at Sun Valley. What bliss.For awhile there I was calling it Goose Down Divinity. Audrey


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s