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I guess summer's over even though it's 92 degrees....


What a summer! We dug up an amazing harvest of spring carrots, then drought came and depressed our other crops by 40%, my gardening enjoyment by 80%, and my impulse to post by 100%.

New bathroom

Meanwhile, various leaks soaking into the trailer's subfloor resulted in a major renovation project. I now have a fancy dual-flush toilet just like Mark saw during his August trip to Amsterdam! (And a very cute shower curtain.)

Runaway camper

Speaking of trips, we took a lot of them. We traveled to New York City so I could speak at a writing conference. Then we bought a used Runaway camper and started enjoying overnight jaunts in our metaphorical backyard. There was also a Ren Faire, a Steampunk Spectacle, some flintknapping, weekly Irish dancing, and lots and lots of mushrooms!

Broad-winged Hawk

That's right, wild fungi, photographed and (occasionally) eaten have been the highlight of my summer despite the drought. And they deserve a post of their more on that sooner than three months from now, I hope.

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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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If you went to the medieval fair rt 534 Geneva Ohio area that would be in my neck of the woods.
Comment by zimmy Sun Oct 6 21:38:25 2019
Zimmy --- I forgot you were in Ohio! Unfortunately, that's not the Ren Faire we went to. We've only hit the northern part of the state once so far. This one was south of Xenia, where Mark's mom lives.
Comment by anna Mon Oct 14 16:51:14 2019

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