Posts By Carter

Friday night, Memorial Day weekend, and a long hard week it was time to sit around the fire pit and have my ritual cigar and beer. The cigar is a Padron 80th Anniversay. Yeah, I went all out this Friday. The cigar is a favorite of mine. It is quite a strong cigar - not for first time smokers or even season cigar aficionados on an empty stomach! Very smooth, and very little spice on the palate. Highly recommended though. I accompanied it with a new to me beer called Juicy Ass. Juicy Ass is a Canadian craft brew produced by Flying Monkeys. Here is the back describing this particular IPA A very hoppy beer with a citrus after taste…

Last weekend I made a pilgrimage to Albany Paintball Experience (aka APE) in New York.  There was a fairly large event for stock class paintball that was hosted there, filled with quality (both in playing and personalities) people who I like to be around.  There was also a raffle to raise money for another paintballing friend who was going through stage 4 cancer.  Almost $4000 was raised.  All in all a great showing.   I took the scenic route to get out there, over the "hog back" on route 9 in Vermont.  I prefer that way over I90 due to the stops I can make and the views such as going through this covered bridge in NH As I get…

I purchased a few apple trees from Gurneys this winter for delivery in the spring.  They came far far too early, I ended up potting them and storing them in my garage, and one of them is still a stick.  I call it my stick.  While the other two apple trees have budded and shown leaves and the cherry tree finally sprouted leaves, my gala apple tree is just a lowly stick.       A few days ago I was perusing around my local large box store for some gardening supplies.  I look over in their plant section and what do I see?  Giant 10 to 12 foot apple trees!  For only $39 a tree!  Heck, I paid $37…

The adoption went through and I'm the proud father of roughly 3000 new girls and a few boys in there for good measure. I donned my bee suit, grabbed the package of bees from the post office and gently (meaning dumped) placed them into their new home.     I added the queen cage Removed the cork on the candy side and placed her between two frames. Closed them up... Added the sugar water, placed the entrance reducer, and they're good to go! I was a little slow getting this update online, but it's been a few days and it's time for me to open up the hive and remove the empty queen cage.  Need to just see what's going…

I received notification that my new package of bees should be coming in the next day or two. Most likely tomorrow, so I needed to get the hive ready for the new residents at the Brown Household. I have the two-tone set up because on top I installed a simple feeder that I can easily remove and get at: Sugar to water ratio needs to be 1:1 while feeding. Since my maple syrup days, I have been using mostly maple sugar or syrup instead of plain cane sugar. I'll have to hit the store for some cane sugar and get a good dose of sugar water ready for the bees. I took a picture of the suggested bee care guide,…

So I just came across a statistic in the maple syrup world that I was not only unaware of, but a number that I'm sure I didn't make anywhere close to getting. A modern day sugar maker will aim for 1/2 gallon of maple syrup per tap. It was in this months "Maple News" paper when someone talked about expanding their operation and an experienced sugar maker asked why he was expanding when he hadn't fully obtained full production out of what he had. Apparently the old rule of thumb for a sugarbush was to get 1/4 gallon of syrup per tap. Now with today's more modern methods, we should be striving for 1/2 gallon of syrup per tap. After…

My wife and I recently purchased a new fire pit and we've been having and almost nightly habit of collecting deadwood around our house and lot and having a nice warm fire to sit by while the spring nights are still cold. Since tonight is Friday I decided to pull out a cigar. Tonight's choice is a Cohiba maduro number five. It's not a very large cigar. It's the type of cigar you would have when you realize you only have 20 minutes to enjoy it. It's the perfect size for that. It is a good cigar, but I have a hard time calling it a great cigar. Also the word maduro when applied to this cigar is definitely a…

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