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Windows of opportunity

man walk down muddy driveway with Ford Festiva in background on a semi cloudy day

2011 was a very wet year for our driveway.

One of the lessons learned was to be flexible. Being able to drop everything and shift into hauling mode when the ground dried up helped us to bring in several truck loads of organic inputs in spite of the rain.

We usually get a few windows of opportunity when the driveway freezes, but shoveling horse manure on days like that is a bit beyond my skill level.

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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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That looks like a huge headache! Do you leave a vehicle parked at the end of your drive by the road so you can get into town?
Comment by Heath Wed Dec 7 20:45:25 2011

It's funny the things you get used to and then decide you actually prefer --- our moat is one of them for us. We don't bring our usual road car to the trailer, just park at the end of the driveway and walk back. The ten minute walk is a great way of letting the stress of the outside world slip away before getting home. (And it keeps out trick or treaters and anyone else random who might be tempted to come knock on our door.)

Of course, when the time comes to drive things in, it is a bit of a hassle. But we really only need to drive things in once a month or so. Otherwise, it's an incentive not to buy anything too big to carry easily... :-)

Comment by anna Thu Dec 8 07:20:24 2011

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