Stone Step at Tiny Cottage
There is the old story about George Washington’s axe. The handle’s been replaced four times and the head wore out twice and had to be replaced too but it’s still George Washington’s axe.
We’ll, we’re doing that one better. Our tiny cottage, circ. 2006, has parts and pieces of it that came from the old farm house circ. 1777 or so. Bricks in the house came from the old house and sand came from our land. The step is the old house step. That makes our new house one of the original colonial homes and over 200 years old, using the George Washington axe logic.
Speaking of steps, this week I replaced the cinder blocks that have served as our front door steps. In their place is now the original hand hewn granite front step from the old colonial era farm house we used to live in ust down the hill by the road. I still need to full set and level the stone but it’s on a bed of sand and very pleasant to walk on, sit on and use as a boot hook. A big broad granite step is far nicer to sit on than the old concrete blocks.
This step, along with a great many other cut stones in our old foundation and steps, were quarried up hill of our cottage and house on our farm. When a wind storm tore down some trees a few years ago I found under their roots the cutting marks in the ledge where the rock blocks had been split out of the mountain ledge so it could be dragged, energy efficiently, down hill to the house site. The cutting of the rocks created the spring area releasing water. That water may well be why our farm was first sited here in this very location over 200 years ago.
Once upon a time there was an entire village here, according to Lloyd Hutchins whom we bought our land from. Ours is the last house left. The woods are filled with cellar holes and stone walls that once divided pastures. Pastures I’m reopening a little at a time.
You’ll note I have the original Muck boots there on the step. I love Muck boots! Especially the tall ones! I have wide feet. My toes can grasp things and spread when I walk. This destroys ordinary shoes and boots. Bare foot is better and makes my foot wear last longer – since I’m not wearing it. But that isn’t such a hot idea on a farm. I need boots. The Muck boots don’t seem to get damaged by my feet. They last and last and last. These are two and a half winters old worn year round. I’ll write more about the Muck boots soon. They’re great and as you might notice, they are now sponsors for my blog. Details to follow!
Outdoors: 71째F/49째F Sunny, Rain in morning
Tiny Cottage: 69째F/68째F