Moose Maiden


This is a moose maiden, one of Melvin’s ladies. It is an old photo that I found in my archives when I was digging around looking for something else entirely. I haven’t seen any of them recently although we do see their tracks in the snow and the marsh. For such large animals they are remarkably elusive.

Outdoors: -6°F/-11°F Partially Sunny, Very Windy
Farm House: 59°F/45°F five logs
Tiny Cottage: 50°F/43°F no work

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6 Responses to Moose Maiden

  1. Lisa says:

    The cottage temps are very impressive, not much cooler than the farmhouse with the fire going. I would freeze to death in your farmhouse, but I have a feeling the cottage is going to be quite toasty with minimal wood used. Can’t wait to see the progression!

  2. homemakerang says:

    we heat with wood 100% and I am in charge of the wood stove and I keep it chocked full all the time (hubby would like to conserve more wood but I am to cold) its usually 70… I bet you are healthier living at a cooler temperature actually, its better for you. I would just have to get used to it. Love the MOOSE pic! a typical stereotype of what Michiganders think ofVT

  3. That’s a good system, Ang. I tend to be the one who cuts the wood. Everyone helps get it in. Will, our 14 year old son, is the one who is feeding the fire generally to Holly’s specifications although I do know she would love it if it were warmer. One more good reason to go up and work inside the tiny cottage on a cold, windy day! :)

  4. Brandy says:

    Not only are they elusive but they are incredibly quiet! My mom tells me stories of hanging up laundry when she was a kid and then suddenly there would be this giant moose on the other side of the line. How an animal that size can sneak up on anyone is just amazing.

  5. I can’t help but wonder if the logs used in the farmhouse are the only logs used during the day (six seems so low to me – especially if they are split). I always have at least three going at once and it keeps our farmhouse a nice toasty 80 in the kitchen and between 60 – 70 in the rest of the house. If only six per day is the case, no wonder Holly is always so COLD. Also wondering if your tiny cottage windows are able to open or not – they seem fixed to me. Would make the small cottage airtight and stifling with lots of moisture. This may facilitate mold and mildew growth especially with five people and dogs. Not very healthy. The summers would make your cottage feel like a sauna without the ability to open the windows too.

  6. The log count is all the wood used in 24 hours. A log unit is about 5″ in diameter by about 18″ long of sugar maple in almost all cases. Sometimes a piece of wood might be twice that size in which case it would count for two log units. That is to say if we put in a double sized log and two small pieces that would be four logs in the daily count.

    Keeping a house cool, closer to the outside temperature, makes it a lot easier to heat. Shutting down the extra space in the winter as we do also makes it much easier to heat. The “Farm House” temperatures at the bottom of each post gives the max and the min for the day next to the log count.

    Trying to keep the house at 80째F would be quite hard – this is a very old (230 year?) farm house. To bring it up to modern tightness and insulation, etc would cost more than I intend to spend building our new house. I’m not interested in restoration, although, if you are you are welcome to the house. Check it out at http://SugarMtnFarm.com/vermontcape for a virtual tour. It will have to be moved.

    We spend much of our day outdoors so coming into 80째F in the winter would feel stifling hot. Holly likes it when the temperature gets up into the mid-60’s. If she wants it warmer, she just asks – not really an issue.

    On the new tiny cottage the big windows are fixed but I’m not worried about it being stuffy at all. There are two opening windows which provide ventilation and egress (bathroom & bedroom) as well as the opening front door. In addition to that we will have earth tubes to bring in geo-thermally warmed fresh air. In 2001 I added those to our existing farm house and they work great – highly recommended for both new construction and as a retrofit on existing buildings.

    Also realize that our summers are quite cool compared with most places. We rarely get above the 70’s and our record high in the past sixteen years was 86째F – extremely unusual. Additionally, well placed eves will shade the windows in the height of summer.

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