Laundry in Winter

We are low tech here whenever possible.  For laundry Ken runs a wringer washer while I hang the clothes on the lines.  In winter we wait for a sunny day.        The clothes freeze on the line.  They are “boardy” and stiff.  After a while they become limp and that means the moisture is out.  Once they get past the boardy stage I bring them in by the cook stove on a bar …

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Winter Returns – for Good!

Winter returned this week, and it looks like it is here for quite some time.  After a beautiful warm fall that forecast of -11 for a low on next Tuesday sounds pretty cold!       We got some snow, and Ken and I would like more.  the snow acts as an insulating blanket to slow the frost going deep into the ground.  One year we got early snow and the ground really did not …

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Oscar’s Winter Quarters

Dogs and Cats live outside here.  They are an integral part of the team: cats eat mice and voles when they are on the move at night, and the dog keeps nocturnal animals like deer and raccoons away from the garden and poultry.     Ken creates a winter dog house of straw or hay bales for lots of insulation from cold and wind.  The space is small so Oscar’s body heat keeps it warm.  …

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Chickens Arrive in Winter Quarters

After the last harvest on November 16th we saw that cold weather was coming.  One of Ken’s late fall tasks is to move the hens into the garden for the winter.        This year he has two groups of hens, and they seem happier in their respective coops, so he moved both portable coops to the garden.  He also moved a portable structure I call teh hog hilton into the garden for the …

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