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Snowy April Morning

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Dusting of Snow While it has been a low snow year and warmer than usual we are still getting a light dusting of snow almost every morning. It is only about half and inch to two inches, just enough to … Continue reading

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Window Frosting

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Frost on the Pane This is frost on our front door. It’s supposed to be a really well insulated door and glazing with argon but I’m not impressed with the commercial varieties. They frost up all too easily when it … Continue reading

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Particle Accelerator Installed

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Girl Genius with New Cottage Space Drive I took this photo from way down in the ground level of the cottage looking up at Hope after she had just finished installing the neutrino particle accelerator in the loft of our … Continue reading

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First Fall Fire

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Fire Flower 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 … Continue reading

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Cottage Door Ice Wall

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Morning Light on Cottage Door Ice Wall I’ve been encouraging this huge icicle to grow next to our door. It’s like growing beans but upside down. The weather conditions have been just right. It gives me ideas.

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I Like Fire

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Fire in a Box I like wood fires because… It is a technology where I can build my own efficient stove. I can do this with metal, with scrap, or even just with local stone. There is no electricity, electronics … Continue reading

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Burn Zone

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In the Burn Zone We heat with wood. That is our source of heat all winter. Because our cottage is so small and so thermally massive it takes only about three quarters of a cord of wood to keep it … Continue reading

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Wackity Wackity Wood

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Splitting Circle Ben, shown above, Will and I have been splitting winter wood. With such a small heat efficient cottage we burn very little wood per winter so the task of getting wood in for the year is pretty minor … Continue reading

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First Fire Fall 2014

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First Fire of the Fall Today Will and I cleaned out the chimney and we lit our first fire of the cold season. We love hearing that chuff-chuff sound of the choo-choo train starting up as the draft took. We’ve … Continue reading

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Ferrets Out

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Ferret in Out House Hope and Ben have two ferrets, Luna and Sola. The ferrets have a bedroom up in the loft of our cottage and then 4″ pipes that lead down through the walls to a tee junction that … Continue reading

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