165 Deane Road

Underhill, VT 05489

Squabetty@Hotmail.com

Duncan McLane: (360) 758-3364

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November 19, 2019

The last of our guests have gone. The closing is upon us. While we put the final touches on shutting her up for the winter, the lady bugs have been having a heyday in the warm sunny weather. They delighted in another day and swarm us as we step outside.  I reset the wi...

March 22, 2019

Being in a mountain area, even if we are in the northeast, makes us aware (not wary) of landslides. The most famous one occurred in 1887 and is documented in local papers of the time, as well as later government publications. As a local farmer, John Flynn, and his fami...

February 24, 2019

We have high wind advisories here in Vermont today and tomorrow, with winds 20-30 mph and gusts up to 55 mph. It makes for rough sleeping, as my house in the valley groans with the winds wailing outside. But it’s really nothing. Gusts of 115 mph hit the top of Mt. Mans...

February 9, 2019

Sometimes the fun projects we do over the summer are driven by our aging selves and trying to make life a little easier for us. The fun projects give us a break from the necessary ones like digging the well deeper or  crawling under the barn to dig out the wood piers a...

January 29, 2019

As the weather seesaws between warm and rainy, or bitter cold and snowy,  I dream of days to come. We are under mounds of snow, and yet, it’s the time of year when dreaming of warmer temperatures, green grass and colorful garden beds keep me going. I love to spread out...

October 1, 2017

Squabetty – what’s in a name. Most people who visit Squabetty want to know how the place got its name. Our mother documented the naming of Squabetty, in a poster for the 50th bash of Deanes owning this house. That was in 1981. The write-up hangs in the living room, a r...

August 17, 2017

When my siblings come to Squabetty each year, it’s a time of intensity – projects we have been talking about and planning since the previous year, nurtured over the colorful days of autumn and the cold winds of winter, become reality. We work hard and long, taking care...

August 13, 2017

​Runamok Maple, the company which taps the trees on Squabetty land,  has created a new flavor- ginger root infused maple syrup, which is delicious. We are fortunate to have plenty of maple syrup, but this infused sweet stuff is special – it would be delectable in a chi...

August 4, 2017

One of the most rewarding parts of readying Squabetty for guests is making little vases of flowers to spread around the house. I prefer wild flowers, but supplement from my cutting garden, perennials and wild flowers around my house.  As the neighbors are readying for...

July 27, 2017

I have been neglectful in keeping up this blog. For this I apologize. It’s summer, which means more time at Squabetty.  I spend a lot of my time thinking about the people who once lived here. As I grow older, I become more reflective of the old stone walls, the cellar...

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