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Holiday picture gazing

Mom and meWe've been making the family Christmas rounds, which means I've been off the farm more this month than in the previous six months combined.

All of our visits have been wonderful, but they make me aware how much we've drifted outside mainstream society in recent years.

Everyone's been very forgiving, but only my mother seems to understand why I think her dog run looks like the beginning of a great rotational chicken pasture system.

Only she can at least pretend to be excited when I find a little collection of stump dirt drifting out of a diseased tree in her backyard.

McDowell Street

And only she would think to give me a whole truckload of biomass for Christmas.  Thanks, Mom!  Merry Christmas, everybody!

Our chicken waterer keeps our flock's water sanitary just like those leaves will refresh the deep bedding and keep the coop floor clean.

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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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Hope the two of you have a lovely holiday and new year. You have both brought me a great deal of joy reading about your lives and projects. I am disabled now and unable to live self-sufficiently anymore, but get great vicarious enjoyment from your adventures....


Comment by Mac Sun Dec 25 15:23:23 2011
I'm so glad we could brighten your day.
Comment by anna Sun Dec 25 20:08:59 2011

My dad gave me the last bags of raked city leaves a week ago and as I added them to the compost pile I thought what a gift they were. I used to want things like big screen televisions and new cars. Now I use as 24 year old truck to haul my dead leaves which bring me as much joy as I have ever had from those other things and it didn't cost a thing.

May your new year be full of biomass joy! Thank you for this blog. I love reading and learning.

Comment by Aaron Mon Dec 26 08:50:56 2011
I know exactly what you mean --- it feels so freeing to know that you'd rather have biomass than an expensive gift. Plus --- biomass! :-) Have a great year!
Comment by anna Mon Dec 26 10:32:31 2011

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