Monday, January 21, 2013

Living By Hand



It's going to be bitterly cold here in Maine over the next couple of days.

My clothes are frozen to the line.

Life is good : ).

12 comments:

  1. Wendy - More power to you. At 72 and a serious back problem I will be an energy user (dryer) during the coldest parts of winter. Thought of you when I started reading a book just purchased at the thrift store. The Scavengers Guide to Haute Cuisine by Steven Rinella. Have you read this? Most of my friends would never be able to get past the first chapter. Their to indoctrinated into convenience. They really don't know what they are missing. Youngest son just brought us venison. Yum Yum.

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  2. Love it! I had to call my hubby at work to tell him the other day that I shoveled off the deck so I could put my drying rack (full of clothes) out on the deck - b/c it was a sunny day. :)

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  3. Sounds like the perfect day to stay rugged up inside with some hot chocolate.

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  4. It's cold and snowy here in Scotland.Today I have had home made veggie soup simmering on the top of the stove, a wild goose braising in the slow cooker, and my washing drying on a ceiling airer near the wood stove whilst I have been making newspaper pots ready for growing this year's seeds.I am happy :)

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  5. I remember getting nappies frozen to the line when my oldest was a baby and an elderly neighbour telling me that it would make them extra soft.
    hope you thaw out soon
    much love
    martine

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  6. Anon 12:38 - I have not read Mr. Rinella's book, but it sounds interesting. So, is it a book about foraging? I love foraging ... and in fact, we're still enjoying some of the foods we foraged and stored last summer. Pickled milkweed pods - I'd a few things differently, perhaps, but I will definitely pickle them again - perhaps instead of cucumbers (which never want to grow very well for me) ; ). I love it when I'm able to find a wild food to replace those things I don't grow well.

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  7. Ha! Ha! Marygee, I said the same thing to my girls - "I need to do laundry, because it's a sunny day." As I recall, I even made up a song about the whole experience. They love me, even though I can be a bit odd ; ).

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  8. Martine - it's true! When I put towels out on the line and they freeze, they are much softer than when I hang them to dry inside near the woodstove, and even when I put them on the line during the summer. It's pretty awesome!

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  9. Angela - yes, I love the winters in Maine for just the opportunity to sit near the woodstove with a cup of hot tea and just rock. It's nice.

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  10. Dreamer - *grin* I read your post to Deus Ex Machina, and he said, "Newspaper pots! That's a great idea!" I think he's planning to start some seends now, and if he does the cole family seeds he's thinking of doing, we could, probably, put those out in the unheated greenhouse in six weeks or so and have some greens!

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  11. We're going to hit the lower 20s tonight and tomorrow night, which is as cold as it's been so far this "winter" on Planet Georgia. That *might* be cold enough to send the lemon balm dormant until it warms up a little.

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  12. Wendy: Rinella's book is about foraging but not plants. More about hunting and fishing. 1st chapter starts with obtaining a turtle and butchering. Amazon and the book reviewers have a good description.

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