Cottage Stone Step

Tiny Cottage Stone Step

Something old,
Something new,
Something white,
Something blue…

It doesn’t look like much in this photo but the massive split granite step at the front door of our tiny cottage is from the front door old farm house. Does this make our cottage 232 years old much like George Washington’s axe? “The handle’s been replaced three times and the head twice but it’s still the same axe!”

Some of the cottage bricks are also from the old house and there is stone as well as a lot of sand and gravel from our land that went into making the new cottage. The continuity is a good thing, familiarity to introduce the new house to the land.

The step was hand quarried by the original settlers just a little ways up hill of the tiny cottage, up where our spring is. The dragged it about 500′ down hill to the site of the farm house, along with a lot of other stones for the foundation. They may have used a team of horses to move the big stones, working with gravity. I brought it backup with my 48 horses, that is to say the tractor, using the forks.

I plan to lay a granite front walk, slabs about 4′ wide by six to 8′ long which I’ve been saving. These are skins from the local granite quarries and stone sheds.

The planters are the cut off tops of plastic 55 gallon barrels with one bung out. We are using the barrel bottoms to make butter buckets, feeders and waterers. The reason for using planters around the cottage is that I’m not ready to raise the soil to its final level – we still have some building to do. Eventually I’ll make raised beds along the exposed walls. These will further insulate the cottage from the cold of winter. The plants will benefit from the micro-climate and warmth of the stone wall soaking up the sun in the spring and fall. An extender for our short growing seasons.

Hope planted lettuce, radishes, broccoli, sunflowers, marigolds, morning glories and pumpkins in the planters. By mid-summer we should have a wall of green around the cottage.

Outdoors: 79째F/56째F Mostly Sunny, some rain in the evening and occasional showers in the day, fire flies galore, Mars rose big and red
Tiny Cottage: 76째F/70째F

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7 Responses to Cottage Stone Step

  1. tree ocean says:

    Nice! I was wondering about the containers-they will look terrific when grown. Been a wet year so far…slowed the gardens down a lot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello again, I have a question for you. This morning our sow was acting like she had something irritating her ear. She was walking around and lying with her head cocked off to one side, shaking her head occasionally like a dog with ear mites. Do you ever have problems with mites in pigs ears? Do you have any suggestions?

  3. I have seen this when a pig got some water or whey in their ear. They shook it out but it took a while, even a couple of days. At the time I wondered if they got dirt in there. Pig ears are quite convoluted and deep.

    I've not seen mite problems so I don't know if that might be it. An inner ear problem could also cause this, even a cold. I think I would just observe and not do much unless things got worse. Most things sort themselves out in an otherwise healthy animal (or plant).

  4. Great blog, great posts, great living!Congradulations on doing it your way! — Barbara

  5. Carolyn says:

    Dear Anonymous-

    Regarding ear mites, I bought a boar who I quickly noticed spent a lot of time shaking his ears, and seemed to excessively rub them on trees, etc. Luckily, he's a sweet boy, and allowed me to investigate. He had tons of built-up excrement from the mites, and almost a fungal looking type growth…imagine the white papillae on your tongue, only much larger. My solution was…to mix a solution! Of witch hazel with a large dose of tee tree oil (for fungus) and rosemary oil ( for the mites.) The boar allowed me to vigorously clean his ears with a soaked scruffy towel a couple of times a week for three weeks. I've seen no sign of a problem for a number of months now.

    Good luck with your sow.

  6. its a really cool looking building!

    <3 Lindsay

  7. Hayden says:

    wow, great progress, it's looking great!

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