The adventures of a not-so-young married couple moving from the urban sprawl of central New Jersey to a rugged mountain slope in New Hampshire. Land secured; our house now exists in our imaginations and on paper. Check in regularly as that is soon to change.
Friday, April 22, 2016
What Is Past Is Prologue
All photos by author (except this one).
In addition to distinguishing itself as the state with the first primary in the presidential primary election, New Hampshire is famous for having
more than the traditional four seasons, squeezing in a fifth, mud season, between
winter and spring. Mud season brings road postings to many sections of the
state highway system (and lesser roads) restricting the weight of trucks to
under 6 tons. Orange Road to Burnt Hill Road, the only way up Tug Mountain, has
been posted for more than a month. So while you can wreck your car’s suspension
in a cavernous pothole or get stuck in the mud and need to be winched out by a
neighbor’s Kubota, heavy duty trucks are verboten as they may damage the
fragile defrosting road bed. (Note, however, by state law, trucks delivering fuel or milk
products or those carrying sap for maple syrup production are exempt from seasonal
bans. Hey, you gotta have priorities.) As of today, the road postings have been
lifted, and heavy equipment is making its way up the mountain to move our dirt.
For months we have been in anticipation mode, filling our
days with preparations for this very moment. Triple-pane fiberglass windows are
being fabricated in Toronto, the timber frame is being cut in Alstead, NH, and structural
insulated panels are being manufactured in West Chesterfield, NH. Our concrete
contractor, framer, mason, plumber, electrician, stove guy, and standing seam
roofer, all local tradespeople, are waiting in the wings, our awesome team