There’s always something

I came home on Friday with hope in my heart and a smile on my face, eagerly expecting to see the slabs getting poured. instead I found this. Apparently when the 2nd driver of the day showed up, no one was out at the road waiting to guide him back to where the pour was […]

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As winter blows in

Even though the temperatures are starting to slip down towards the freezing mark, I’ve kept at it out in the barn. Why not? I’ve got the rocket stove out there now. For now, there isn’t a lot of heat retention as the walls are basically just a bunch of reeds bound up together. Around the […]

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“She thinks I’m rash”

This afternoon I went out back and cleaned up some fire wood we didn’t burn making syrup this year and ended up putting a scratch coat of cob on the cooker. Leah noted this evening that it’s almost impossible to get anyone to help with things around here if I don’t let anyone else know […]

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WHEN RACCOONS ATTACK!!!

Sorry, that is an almost baseless accusation. I don’t know for sure that it was a raccoon that was trying to dig its way under/in to the barn doors. This has proved to be an exercise in futility in any case. But I do know that if the doors weren’t as well built and/or closed […]

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Seedhouse shed

Just because I’m not writing things, doesn’t mean things have stopped around the farm. Things never stop around here, even though I might occasionally want that. Once Viann turned 2 weeks old, I started separating her from Ann overnight allowing Ann’s milk to accumulate for our consumption. Pretty much why she is here after all. […]

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And now for something

Leah snuck up behind me and took this picture yesterday. Why am I still wearing ear muffs? Is the sound of the draw knife too much? I did all that you see laying there just before this pic was taken. What you see is the parts to the frame that will be a small shed […]

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Syrupocalypse

Just throwing this one out there really quick. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE ,TURN YOUR BACK ON BOILING SYRUP. especially at night, cooking with small sticks and a friend in from out of town. I lost a lot of syrup last night when this happened. Not all of it. The pot contained everything I’ve cooked […]

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the bench is born

still grinding away at things here. this week we have a house guest who is more than a little willing to get his hands (and feet) dirty for the cause. with his help, we have gotten the base layer of the Rocket Stove with Thermal Mass Bench started. it’s coming along well we’ve mixed up […]

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