Hope on Hot Rocks
We have some slabs of granite that we put by the wood stove to warm. Then they get moved over to the entry of our tiny cottage so boots can be placed on the hot rocks. This dries the boots, or in this case warms the Hope. We don’t bring the boots to the wood stove because I would rather keep the dirt in the entry grate area where it is easier to clean up. I have a hunk of soap stone that was used in this same manner on wood stoves and at the fire by the settlers for warming beds and toes. Soap stone has the distinct advantage of being easier to carve and smooth.
In the background behind Hope you can see my Muck Boots and hers. We all have Muck Boots. We were introduced to them by friends who accidentally left theirs at our house after a bonfire party – Hi Tom & Family!
We had been looking for good boots. Warm feet are critical in the winter. All our other boots fall apart fast. In the worst of winter it actually isn’t so bad because the weather’s dry since it is so cold – you just wear extra socks. But it is rather frustrating in mud seasons, even dangerous as you can get frost bite. Mud season come twice a year around here. It’s nasty to be ankle deep and feel that cold squirt into your boot.
Ben, who’s feet fit, tried them on. After Ben’s one day trial of Tom’s boots Holly and I went to the Farmway store in Bradford and picked up a pair for me as my boots were decrepit – it was the end of the season and they were on-sale plus we got another discount for our Farm Bureau membership. I don’t always agree with the politics of the Farm Bureau but we have it in order to get our farm insurance and I appreciate it for that.
After a week I liked my boots so much that we went back to Farmway and got some for everyone as the sale was still going on. Those boots are still water tight and strong after years. Normally we wear out a boot in a couple of months. The woman at the Farmway, who’s husband has dairy cattle, said that the material of the boots resists the acids in manure better than other boots. She may well be right. We did have one boot that failed at a joint right away and they replaced it – faulty manufacturing. Holly punctured the tops of hers on a sharp stick when she fell in the woods this summer while we were marking trees, but the boot is still waterproof even with that hole in the outer layer. I’m impressed.
I would love to have a pair of the shoe kind for in-town walking because they’re so comfortable. But for on the farm we all like the warmer, taller boots and just roll them down in the summer. The height is critically important when the mud is deep.
Note that this is not exactly a paid advertisement – We got our Muck Boots long before being contacted by a Muck Boot representative. They offered to send us free boots in exchange for a review and ad in the sponsors list along the side. I was perfectly happy to do that because I had already planned to write about the Muck Boots – They’re something that works and I love my Muck Boots. In fact, I’ve mentioned them quite a few times before and they’ve appeared in various photos over the years on our feet and off.
Outdoors: 25째F/11째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68째F/65째F