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Autumn, then winter

Mushroom among autumn leavesWe got back home Thursday after dark, so I was shocked the next morning when I stumbled out of bed, looked out the window, and saw huge blobs of color on the hillside.  Autumn leaves!

Sunday, the cloudy weather broke for a few hours, and I took Lucy and the camera out in the woods to explore.  Mushrooms had popped up all over and freshly fallen leaves were strewn around them.  Closer to home, our shiitake logs were all coated in mushrooms, despite not being soaked in weeks.  I guess this is perfect mushroom weather --- cool and wet.

And now, Monday morning, the ground is thick with our first frost and temperatures are in the mid 20s.  Surely we haven't skipped straight to winter?

Check our our homemade chicken waterer.

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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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