Life on a family farm
in the wilds of
Upstate New York
I keep thinking how hopelessly helpless the majority of your fellow-citizens would be . . . if they had to make fire.Scary.
I love our wood-splitter. I wish I had a wood chipper, but Terry doesn't think we need one.Linda
Remember when we had to do it the hard way😕
I remember splitting wood with a sledge hammer and wedge. A time or two the hammer bounced off the wedge and hit my shins, thought it broke my leg. I know your weather must be really bad, we are having high 30's at night here, cold for Florida. Strawberries are on now. If it goes down to freezing the farmers will turn on there irrigation system and let ice freeze over the plants,. The ice will protect the plants and berries from freezing. The tomato fields are being planted now, the cold weather don't seem to bother them unless it is a hard freeze. Stay warm, keep Miss Peggy warm.
Love our wood splitter, I can't hardly remember swinging the maul and using a wedge. Thanks heavens!
Cathy, I have never, ever forgotten Jack London's To Build a Fire. I read it in school. It broke my heart then and still speaks to me today. When we go on a road trip I always carry matches or a lighter or both and I think, all the time, about how I would get a fire going in different situations. It is too easy to get too cold.Linda, chippers kind of scare me, although they sure do help keep things tidy. I used to split wood by hand but nowadays i can't rely on my hands. Glad we have the thingLinda, same here. I lived in some pretty basic places when young and had to rely on pretty basic facilities. Glad we have it now though.Ellie, oh, wow, that must have been awful! I don't know as I have ever hit myself, but have split plenty of wood in the days before the splitter. I still keep my hatchet sharp and findable at all times and take it to camp with me, but I don't swing an axe or sledge hammer any more. Thankfully! Glad to hear that fruits and veggies will be coming along in a while. We sure miss them up here. the apples I bought to store aren't keeping very well this year and are pretty much only fit for pies and sauce. Guess I should make some applesauce today after I get my bookkeeping done. Miss P loves it. Thankfully the kids have a little heater when the house gets cold. And thankfully she is just like her dad, who is like a big grizzly bear, always warm. A good thing
We never get good apples down here and at 1.98 a pound I seldom buy them, I did buy some when my husband was alive as he liked them with cheese.
Ellie, we are so fortunate in that respect. There is a really good orchard just a couple of miles from here. We know the owners...real nice folks...and love to stop in to visit as well as to pick and or buy apples.
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