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I have received Chris and Smitty's photos from Canada, and I want to share them with you as it looks beautiful up there. It's really windy here, so will make this short. Enjoy the photos, dear Reader!
The great weather continues. How can we be so fortunate? What a autumn we are having!
Ihave some photos of Chris and Smitty visiting The Land. Chris caught a large catfish while Chris Henkel was here working on the electric, and Dave was working on the insulation in the new-to-be library. Smitty is holding the cat. Later, Smitty caught a crappie. By the end of the day they had caught around 100 fish. Enjoy the photos!
Above, I've also included some photos of the lake and also the big brushpile fire we had. Too bad Smitty wasn't there! I have many more brushpiles waiting for ice fishing days!
I tried to include some photos from Chris and Smitty's trip to Canada, but I can not seem to get to them. Ah...a computer wizard I am not!
My John Deere little tractor came back all repaired and ready for the few times I will use it this year...and ready for next spring. My new garage is already filled with too many tractors!
Enjoy this gorgeous weather, dear Reader! Halloween is coming and cold November will be right behind!
It's finally done! There are a few things that need to be corrected, but the carriage house is finished! It looks super!
Because there are so many pictures of the last two days of the construction, I am dedicating this blog to photos of those two days. The next blog will have other highlights, such as Chris and Smitty's visit, and some of their photos from their trip to Canada. After you see the view in Canada, you will understand why they go there!
So here it is...all the photos of Oct. 7th and 8th. Mark brought Josh back, and his two little boys, Gideon and Davie, plus two of his girls to watch them (Gemma and Clara). You can see how the kids helped their Papa. The last day I took the kids to Screamers in Shabbona for some ice cream. That was truly a scream! Davie and Gideon got the giggles in the back seat, and all I can say is... I think little children are so much fun! They reminded me of JJ and Jeff at that age. I had a ball with them.
This weather has been unbelievable. I'm sure you, like me, have enjoyed every single second of it. And it looks like warmish weather will stay around after a few days of cooling. How wonderful!
Enjoy the photos, dear Reader!
Monday morning: Cold!
Today is our first morning frost. The Land looks so peaceful as the sun rises in the sky to warm us once again. Everyday I am grateful for this beautiful place and my new carriage house.
Weebly (the originator of this site) asked me to categorize my site. I chose "educational" and "informational." I feel that I share with you the beauty of living out in the country, and maintaining my land organically. This is a calling I've had all my life and its fun to tell you about it. This summer became more complicated with the building of the garage (now carriage house) but it's still the same lovely acreage - even better. Dear Reader, I hope you agree. Soon I will be putting the gardens to bed for the winter.
Chris and Smitty returned to the Land yesterday for a little fishing. Didn't catch much, but loved the new carriage house. It was great to have them here again. The pond is low (pretty typical for a dry fall), and how I would love to have a drag line cleaning it out! But resources went into the carriage house as you can tell from the photos. Please, dear Reader, if you have any suggestions of how I can use the carriage house (for a higher calling) let me know. Smitty suggested a "man cave" complete with big screen TV and comfy sofas, (doesn't that sound just like Smitty?) but I am thinking (ahem) of something a little bit different. What...I'm not quite sure. In the meantime, it may be a warming spot for Chris and Smitty!
It's already been a campsite for 5 little girls and Mark Campbell as you can tell from the welcome sign and set up I made for them. The girls left me the sweetest thank you note, calling themselves the "Sawdust Girls," and urging their father to build them a cabin like mine.
Jeff and Kyle came over to move the little shed into place. This really helps complete the trilogy of cottage, shed and carriage house. I finally have a new working sink in the kitchen...can you believe it? Also a new door in the library (where the old garage door was in the cottage). And a lovely NEW garage door I painted to match the siding on the carriage house. And last but not least, a new gravel driveway to the carriage house. There's still some work to do on the heating in the cottage, but most of the plumbing is done. Mark and Josh (the Amish young man) will be back this week to finish up the carriage house...just in time for the cold weather. Life is good.
Much more to do here in the cottage, but we're making progress. Hopefully today we'll finish putting in a new floor for the library and start building the wall between the laundry room and the library. We're on the home stretch. And what a difference it has made!
I still have the woodstove and it's putting out some delicious heat right now. It will help immensely with the heat. Much is to be said for having forced air heat, but nothing compares to the real warmth of wood heat.
Back to work, my dear Reader....back to work. It's been great talking with you and I hope I have more time to do so, although I feel it won't be until the deep winter!
Enjoy the pictures! The little wicker child settee is waiting for Olivia (my grand niece-in-law) and her brothers (Gavin and Jake) to return. Hurry back, kids! I spray painted it last week when it was warm. It's adorable!
The last photo is the carriage house as it looks this morning.
Have a great week, dear Reader, as the weather warms up again. We are so fortunate!
Jane Heim is a writer and lifelong activist for sustainable living and organic growing. She is author of The Directory of Working Women, What to Do When the Stock Market Falls, and Car Living Your Way. She is also the author of Chemical Cowboys, an article that has recently appeared in Acres USA. Ms. Heim is also the author of an upcoming article on www.motherearthnews.com