Sugar Mountain Farm Under Snow
We’ve been getting a bit of snow. In the past month we’ve gotten more than we got all last year. On the other hand, last year was not a high snow year – until Valentine’s Day.
This year they had been predicting a very dry warm winter but it has been the opposite. Today was very windy which made plowing, feeding animals and everything a bit challenging. To get the pan above pan I just about froze my hand. It was only exposed for about a minute as I stood on top of a 10′ tall snow pile. In that short time I lost all feeling even though I was sheltering my hand with the mitten of my other hand. Fortunately no frost bite.
After plowing and picture taking, Ben and I went into the tiny cottage to finish up the chimney penetration. Of interest is that even though the house had a 16″ x 16″ hole in the wall at the roof peak on the north side for several hours the temperature inside only dropped a couple of degrees. This is the difference between a house like the tiny cottage with a lot of thermal mass where the heat is in the stone and concrete of the walls vs a low mass wooden house like the old farm house down the hill. If I were to open a hole in the wall of the post and beam farm house for several hours on a day like today the interior would drop to sub-freezing temperatures very rapidly. I look forward to fully transitioning up to the tiny cottage! Getting the chimney and wood stove installed is one more step in that direction.
As I write this in the evening the wind sounds like a freight train up on the ridge. Fortunately we’re protected to the north and west by Sugar Mountain and a deep snow that has built up on the walls.
Outdoors: 15°F/-2°F Partially Sunny, 11″ Snow
Farm House: 58°F/49°F
Tiny Cottage: 55°F/52°F Bathtub sanding, Chimney/Vent Pass