Friday, January 31, 2014

Deep in the catalog - Ski Breckenridge

2420 days ago - Ski Breckenridge

There was no one skiing in June 2007 but the lifts were running
Wonderful view of the mountains from this vantage point

At the top of the lift I had the idea that I was going to hike up this hill, that didn't happen!
I didn't think that altitude was going to be issue when we attended my niece's wedding but for me it was
I took a few steps up this hill and turned around
I think the altitude is almost 13,000 feet. I'll stick to our 1000 feet here in New Ipswich

Another view

High on a mountain, what do I see?

I looked but couldn't find any fireworks

I'm not too fond of heights, this ride made me a bit nervous

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Deep in the catalog - Breckenridge, Colorado

2422 days ago in Colorado

We attended my niece's wedding held in Breckenridge, Colorado
We spent several days exploring the ski area, the town and the surrounding area

I think this is Lake Dillon a large fresh water reservoir. It some great trails and views.

At the time many  of the trees were being killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle
 (Note the tree on the right) and large stands of trees were covered in brown needles, an obvious fire hazard.

Wonderful trails

Ski Trails

Snow in June

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Deep in the catalog - Red Rocks Colorado

2422 days ago (in Colorado)

Geologically these stones comprise a "Fountain Formation"

Such an interesting place

Imagine the geological forces that created this

Another view of tectonic forces

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Deep in the catalog - June 2, 2007

2432 days ago

The Swenson Family  decided the old barn was a danger and beyond repair
This was the day it would fall

Needs some work

The plan
Attach a chain to a support and pull

Second attempt. The first shifted it, but remained standing

Help I've fallen!

The dust settles

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Deep in the catalog - April 18, 2007

2475 days ago
April Showers

Parking area at Damsite 35 underwater

Souhegan Overflowing into wet lands

Cement Spillway completely submerged
See my posting of September 2006 photos for a contrasting view

Dam spillway
This is the highest water level I've seen since I've been walking this path

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Deep in the catalog - April 2, 2007

2490 days ago

Presidential Election season starts early in New Hampshire. Every 4 years candidates start appearing in the small towns of New Hampshire. It is required that they stop at diners and coffee shops to chat with the "regular folk". The Peterborough Diner has always been a popular venue, it looks great on television.

These photos were taken on April 2, 2007.

Candidate Obama stops at Peterborough Diner

Candidate Obama meets with supporters 

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Obama signs copies of his book "The Audacity of Hope"

Supporter being interviewed

If only it would happen

Friday, January 24, 2014

Deep in the catalog - March 17, 2007

2505 days ago

March is a cruel month, a few warm days then more snow. We celebrated my wife's birthday with friends in Peterborough in their cozy log cabin.

Snow covered patio furniture made me think of warmer days to come

Lonely chairs

The sensor on the Olympus E500 was not very good at high ISO settings
This was taken at ISO 1250 but I like the effect

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Deep in the catalog - March 2, 2007

2519 days ago

It is brisk 0 degrees F this morning. Last night while adjusting the downstairs thermostat to RAISE the temperature, I inadvertently turned the damn thing off. I awoke to a chilly 52 degrees (F). The good news is that the pipes didn't freeze. Making the slow climb back. 

Today I'm posting some photos from March to make you dream that winter will end and we'll be back to the warm pleasant days.

Winter doesn't end in March

Note the snow is blowing SIDEWAYS!

John leads the way followed by faithful "Bud" the dog
Our morning walk over the Flood Control Dam in Smithville

Dick Martin's house in New Ipswich
A classic New England colonial

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Deep in the catalog - March 30, 2007

2490 days ago

Maybe I should title this "Not as deep in the catalog". I'm rapidly approaching the mid-point in this retrospective  album. This selection is most welcome this morning. We awoke to a toasty 3 degree F temperature which has cooled down to 2.

The pellet boiler is keeping up with the demand but this may mean a two bag day.

Warmer times are coming, here are some shots taken at the end of March right in the backyard. Think Spring! It is only 57 days away.

Chickadee, one of my favorite birds

50mm macro shot

The earliest crocus I have, always a welcome sight

Can't wait to see these again

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Deep in the catalog - February 23, 2007

2524 days ago

My morning walk with John and Angelika
In 2007 their son would get to ride in the backpack
Our criteria for walking is that he temperature had to be at least 10 degrees F

As I write this, the thermometer is hovering at 8!

Angelika's dog Bud would accompany us on our walks for several years
He would brave any weather even as he grew more infirm
There is a lesson for all of us with this attitude. Don't give up!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Pellet Power - Online since January 17, 2014

I've burned wood (and oil) in my home(s) for 40 years. I've gone through three chainsaws. One was too small, the second was crushed by a falling tree (don't ask) and the third was off limits after I got a pacemaker (one year ago).

I have numerous burn scars from loading logs into fireboxes and accidentally brushing against the HOT iron or steel. I've purchased firewood from a guy using a draft horse, our own property and in one case a questionable location at a major development.

Anyone that heats with firewood know how it heats you three or four times, cutting it , splitting it . moving it and finally feeling that warmth. The warmth is wonderful, the rest not so "hot".

It seemed we were always doing the hardest work in the dead of summer, wondering if it would ever be cold again. But in New Hampshire, Winter happens!

Even though I was burning wood in my basement and the room directly above was a comfy 70 degrees, the damn oil burner would cycle on and off. It was heating water and funneling cash to the Middle East and offshore Oil Rigs. There had to be a better way. 

It was expensive but I finally decided on a Pellet Boiler made in Pennsylvania USA, fueled by wood pellets from USA forests and produced by our neighbors in Jaffrey. I had it plumbed by local folks too.

The oil burner hasn't fired since it was started (That is not exactly true, the igniter was late today and the oil burner started).

Pellet Power is for tinkerers. There is a lot of moving parts, a lot that can go wrong. A lot of cleaning. But they are direct vented, highly efficient, quiet compared to a oil burner.

Did I mention the physical challenges? How many TONS of pellets do I need?  The oil delivery man would pump it in. But I carry these 40 pound bags. The good news is that one bag seems to be good for 24 hours.

0 degree weather is predicted for this week. I'll be seeing how this unit does with that. I suspect this will be an ongoing topic on this blog.

My daily chore, scraping the burn pot

Control panel of the Harman Hydroflex 60
It puts Walter White's Meth Lab to shame

The unit is tall and takes little space

On a tour of New England Pellets in 2009 (NEWP)
Bulk delivery is for the serious
Our  New Ipswich elementary schools, Warwick Mills all use Pellet heat

This would be awesome to have on reserve

Raw Material

I was on a official tour in 2009, long before I became a consumer
Not sure who this was, might be an owner of NEWP

Interesting place but big mistake to visit in August, hotter than hell

Pellets to dry more pellets

Bagging pellets

Grab and fling

Robots too
Computer Controlled

Obviously Natural Gas is the way to go, but Pellet pricing looks pretty good for those of us without gas lines

One helpful forum for heating with wood is the site


I recommend Ken's informative and entertaining book  for Newbies to the this technology