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Hello Hot Box

October 26th, 2013

Well, it’s that time of the year again to fire up the hot box. Dexter is happy as a clam, he spends his days and nights worshipping its warmth.
woodburner (1)
I can’t say that I blame him, in the mornings you’ll find me with a dining room chair pulled up in front of it as well. Wood heat is so cozy and you certainly can’t beat the radiant heat of a wood burner. I love coming in and warming my hands by it after spending time in the garden.

Do you heat with wood?

Soaking up the Sun

May 28th, 2013

Last week, we had a straight week of rainy, cool weather. The total rain amount for the week was 6 inches. It was OK for the first few days, then it started to get a little miserable. Everyone was miserable, the chickens, the pigs, the chicks, the dog and the cats. The ducks however, were in seventh heaven!
pigs at work 1
pigs at work 2
Thankfully, yesterday the sun came out. Everyone was happy: the chicks frolicked in the front yard, the pigs enjoyed their new garden space, I mowed and weeded all day, Mr Chiots mowed and built a few things in the garage, the chiots basked in the sunny spot on the lawn and Dexter spent all day hunting tiny rodents.
chicks in the grass
A day of sunshine after so much rain is appreciated more deeply than other sunny days. It’s kind of like taking a hot shower at home after you’ve been backpacking for a week!

What’s the weather like in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.