“A farmer depends on himself, and the land and the weather. If you’re a farmer, you raise what you eat, you raise what you wear, and you keep warm with wood out of your own timber. You work hard, but you work as you please, and no man can tell you to go or come. You’ll be free and independent, son, on a farm.”
Father to Almanzo (Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Mr Chiots and I aren’t farmers, but we can certainly appreciate this quote and what it means. Even gardening on a small scale can bring a sense of freedom and independence. Here in Maine, we also heat with wood, which is a wonderful thing. There’s no paying the propane, natural gas, or heating oil bill. The electric bill is smaller and the house is cozier.
When you heat with wood, there’s a lot of work involved. Our splitter just arrived this week, so we’re now madly splitting wood in preparation for next winter.
Yesterday was spent splitting a big pile of wood, today we’ll do the same. We both work on splitting, loading and unloading the truck. These are the kinds of chores that are better when shared. We started around noon and were able to split three truckloads. Hopefully tomorrow we can do even more.
It’s good to know that we’ll be warm and toasty all winter regardless of how full our propane tank is. We really love heating with wood, there’s nothing quite like standing next to a warm wood burner on a cold winter morning. Not to mention, Dexter wouldn’t know what to do without a warm wood burner to sleep in front of!
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