Whipple what…?

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Upon leaving the distillery, I spotted a sign.

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And seeing that we had nowhere pressing to be, we headed for the woods.

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Or rather a house in the woods, up a steep driveway, to what looked like a converted garage.

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The fact that it was filled with antique radios…

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And vintage wooden snowshoe molds made my other half feel right at home.

We were warmly greeted, offered a plush seat at the bar and handed a sampling menu.

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For a small batch home spun winery, they had a large list and we each chose 5.

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Since vineyard grapes don’t grow in Maine (too cold dontcha know) the wines were heavily fruited alternatively. Apples, cranberries, pears, blueberries… even a coconut lime that I had to try even though I knew it would be awful.

No surprise – it was.

There were one or two that were tasty, but I have a hard time taking a winery seriously when they offer PB&J. 🤢

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And oh… if you were wondering how the place got its name, or what in the actual Hell a whipple is?

Here’s a hint: they made a lamp out of one and now my husband wants to make his own for over the new pool table.

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“Whippletrees are used in tension to distribute forces from a point load to the traces of draught animals(the traces are the chains or straps on each side of the harness, on which the animal pulls). For these, the whippletree consists of a loose horizontal bar between the draught animal and its load. The centre of the bar is connected to the load, and the traces attach to its ends. Whippletrees are used especially when pulling a dragged load such as a plough, harrow, log or canal boat or for pulling a vehicle (by the leaders in a team with more than one row of animals).”

And yes… of course my husband owns three of them, even though he’s never had a horse, ox or donkey.

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29 thoughts on “Whipple what…?”

      1. Got that. I’m pretty good with electricity but I totally stink at carpentry. It’s a good thing that none of the rules of carpentry apply to my house. It’s a lot more like sculpture.

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  1. There is a winery in the lower mainland, right in the US border, owned by an Indian (as in from India) family who makes superb, award winning fruit wine from strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. I’ve only ever had their blackberry wine and it is wonderful, wonderful … as good as any grape wine. The strawberry and blueberry however taste about how you’d expect.

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  2. Whoopee for Whipples . . . not to be confused with Wimples. 😀

    BTW: We watched a few episodes of Schitt’s Creek and thought it was a Schitt show. Boring. Repetitive. And not really very funny. If the cast had booted Chris Elliot off the show, it might have been more amusing.

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