Yesterday Ben and I cleaned the chimney and today I lit the first fall fire to inaugurate the winter of 2015-2016. We’ve been having a pleasantly warm fall and this is quite late for first fire. Usually I clean the chimney around November 1st in preparation for the coming cold season.
The sunflower above is a reminder of even warmer days. Now they have mostly been eaten by the pigs and chickens – the few that remain are drab brown heads.
We grow a lot of sunflowers. They’re easy to grow, produce well in our soils and climate and the pigs enjoy them in the fall. And they’re beautiful.
Outdoors: 42°F/28°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 54°F/59°F in my bedroom where the thermometer is but 75°F in the common room with the wood stove
Daily Spark: On land we have lots of space to waste. Houses are big with huge floor plans. On ships we have tight quarters where every nook and cranny is put to use, often to double or triple uses. Everything in its place and a place for everything. It is so ironic that in space we have so little space.