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The princess and the leaves

Truckload of bagged leaves

If you had told me that I'd find anything more exciting than a pickup truck full of bagged autumn leaves (thanks, Mom!), I would have said you were nuts.  But we spent a very, very long day in town yesterday picking up everything we need to add heat to our trailer, and our beautiful new stove is even more exciting than free biomass.  More on that later --- my head is still too fuzzy from eleven hours in the big city to make an insightful post.

Bringing home our Jotul wood stove

(The princess is our highly expensive, but highly efficient wood stove, in case you couldn't figure that out.)

Worried that your chickens will get thirsty while you're away from home?  Stop worrying with 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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It's killing me for my truck to be out-of-order during fall... every time I pass a house with bagged leaves lining the curb I ache inwardly. Very envious!
Comment by Eliza Mon Nov 15 09:30:26 2010
I drove past a pile of unbagged leaves that made me sorely tempted to pull over on the side of the highway and stuff them into a vehicle. But since they weren't in bags, I didn't stop.
Comment by anna Mon Nov 15 12:51:14 2010
We know the feeling of having a truck down for a long count. Our first attempt was a piece of junk Isuzu that kept insisting on taking long sabaticals from farm work. We ended up trading it for a lawn mower the last time it broke.
Comment by mark Mon Nov 15 16:32:43 2010

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