Monthly Archives: November 2008

Solid State Ventilator

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I designed an air circulation system [1,2] for our tiny cottage that uses no moving parts. Think of it as a solid-state fan. It is driven by thermo-siphoning through the block wall behind the wood stove and chimney where the … Continue reading

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Father & Son

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Big’Un & ArchimedesBig’Un, on the left, is the son of Archimedes and Big Pig. I was working on setting up the greenhouse pillar forms when I saw them posing so nicely. I walked over to the crest of the hill … Continue reading

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Mystery Photo – Hexagon

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Hexagon on SnowHmm… What magic am I up to now, building hexagons on the snow… The wagon and large dog will give you a sense of scale. Leave guesses in the comments… The answer will appear in a post next … Continue reading

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Dancing Tractor – Greenhouse Wall Pour

Pouring Greenhouse Concrete KneewallsAbout a week ago we poured the concrete kneewalls of the greenhouse as shown in the video above. We are now preparing to pour the roof pillars. The snow is deep already. Yesterday morning we got another … Continue reading

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Ferrets!

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Ferret Fred Stands UpOn Saturday we had two new members join our household: Fred and Georgia (not Ginger) Ferret. They are named after two characters in the Harry Potter series. Ben and Hope have been learning all about ferrets for … Continue reading

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Little Hands

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Hope Folding SocksIf you want to have kids be helpful then you need to train them from a young age. They start life being carried and seeing us work. Then they are tagging along at our feet learning to pull … Continue reading

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Stone Delivery

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Sidney Dumping StoneThe last time the concrete truck came to pour for the greenhouse foundation he mired a little bit on the upper ramp of the driveway that we use for turning around big trucks so I ordered a load … Continue reading

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Driving Piglets

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Blackie’s Piglets on DriveBlackie’s piglets were out for a stroll on the driveway. The fencing that keeps their mothers back has gaps big enough that the piglets can slip through. Now that the gardens are all done for the year … Continue reading

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Stripping Mint

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Hope Picking Mint LeavesWe drink a lot of mint tea. It is our staple. As good as lemonade but a heck of a lot less expensive as lemon juice has gotten so costly. In the summer we drink mint tea … Continue reading

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Ancient Brick’s Story

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Ancient Brick on North Field DamThat is an old brick. I suspect it is over 200 years old. It looks just like the bricks in the beehive oven and chimney in our house. Funny that it should be way over … Continue reading

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