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First frost and blue skies

Frost on fig

The first fall frost of 2013 came just a day later then I'd expected...

Blue sky

...and with it came blue skies!  We haven't seen much of these for the last six months or more, and I'd forgotten how beautiful the world is in direct sunlight.  I was starting to think we'd accidentally moved to the Pacific Northwest.

As a side note (assuming you were hoping to get a kernel of information from this post), I didn't realize until I moved to the farm and started monitoring frosts how important cloud cover is to nighttime temperature.  A cloudy day tends to be cooler, but around here a cloudy night tends to be warmer because the clouds trap heat close to the earth's surface.  So I guess the frost and blue skies were related after all.

Our chicken waterer keeps hens happy so they lay all winter.

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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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