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Dry season hauling

Driveway through the woodsPerhaps in other parts of the world, it's not considered abnormally dry when you've had a steady one inch of rain per week for most of the summer?  Around here it sure feels dry, though, after a month with abnormal highs in the nineties nearly every day.  The floodplain has dried up, meaning that even though there are puddles of water in the driveway, the ground between is hard rather than mud.  Perfect weather for hauling.

Last winter, when we were trying to ferry in building supplies through endless muck, Titus gently noted that she tries to do all of her hauling during the dry season.  So when we realized the driveway was firm enough to allow Joey's truck to pass through, we dropped everything from the list and instead focused on ferrying supplies into the farm.  That's why Mark went to town nearly every day last week, hauling in compost and mulch.  It wasn't photogenic enough to post about, but he also hauled out a year's supply of household garbage --- a truckload and a half full.
Puddle
We hope to finish bringing in the year's supply of biomass this week, and also cut up and haul in firewood from deadfall trees along the driveway.  Round it all out with some lumber for the solar dehydrator and picnic table projects, and we should be done hauling for a long, long time.  I just thought you all deserved an explanation so that you didn't think we were on a crazy spending spree.

Our homemade chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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