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Embracing fall


The world changes on a dime at this time of year. Monday, it was so hot and dry that I turned on the sprinklers. Thursday, I wore a fleece all day long, slipping out between raindrops to tempt the goats with fallen leaves.

Usually I fight fall, eking out every ounce of summer I can muster from the garden. This year, I've been forcing myself to rest for weeks on end and am content to watch the seasons change as they will. I'm left to wonder --- will I be able to remember when I'm back at full strength that human trials and joys are just as fleeting as mountain weather?

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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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