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Porch cleanup day

Cluttered porch

The trouble with our big, beautiful front porch is that it's dry, so Mark and I both tend to set things there...just for a little while. The fire in the smoker isn't quite out when I get done checking on the bees? Set it on the porch. Cardboard boxes not quite ready for kill mulching? Set them on the porch. Seeds need a bit more drying time? Set them on the porch.

After a few months, the results look like the photo above.

Porch sweeping

It gets to the point where I'm too scared to even start picking things up because the project begins to feel too tremendous for one. Luckily, Kayla came over full of good spirits and energy, and Mark also lent a hand. In only an hour, the porch was reclaimed!

Stacking firewood

Birthday signLook at all that empty space! Better fill it up with firewood.

Thank you so much, Kayla! And thank you for the awesome Bee Crossing sign too!

Next time, do you think we can tackle the barn?

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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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i wish i had a barn..... someday....

Comment by Elizabeth Sat Dec 13 12:05:25 2014
Sure we can tackle the barn! I'm sure it's not as bad as you think. Have a great weekend.
Comment by kayla Sat Dec 13 14:00:48 2014

I wish for a big porch, and a barn, and a neighbor like Kayla! Happy Birthday, Anna!

Comment by Kaat Sat Dec 13 18:28:24 2014
I can so identify, our big porch goes across the front and around the side and we keep dragging projects up there to work on. Great clean up job.
Comment by Teresa Lee Sun Dec 14 10:51:44 2014

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