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Cold November

Frozen fava beans

There's something psychologically colder about nights that get down into the single digits. Or maybe it's not completely psychological. Gates freeze shut, my hands ache when I go out to do my morning chores, and the uncovered winter crops begin to die back.

Wood stove

Last year at this time, we enjoyed a similar cold spell, but the lowest low in November 2013 was 15. No wonder I ran through the firewood I had alloted for November 2014 by the middle of this month and have already started into December's wood.

Frosty dog

Everyone else on the farm is glad that we're due to enjoy a bit more fall weather this coming week as the current Arctic burst goes back where it belongs. But Lucy loves the cold, so she might be sad to see it go. Don't worry, Lucy --- there are many more frosty mornings ahead!

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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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Brrrrrrrr. But Lucy is a cute "puppy".
Comment by Nayan Fri Nov 21 09:05:09 2014
That dog has so much personality in her face.
Comment by Yamila Abraham Sat Nov 22 16:58:40 2014

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