Poking around

November has been a nice month, weather-wise. After a sopping-wet October we got some sun and a few rainless days–time to do all the things we should have been doing a month earlier. Plant bulbs. Put the gardens to bed. Take walks.

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When the sun’s shining it’s time to be outdoors, getting as much free vitamin D as possible. Snooping through the outbuildings is a good way to pass the time. Who knew we had a rabbit hutch?

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I love rusty hardware.

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Anyone know what this is for? I didn’t. Answer: it’s an enormous dipstick for measuring the level of fuel oil in our tank.

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The days are short here in the winter. This is my shadow at 1:30 pm.

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Paddock fences. How I love our paddock fences.

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My husband thinks he can save this henhouse. I’m not so sure. It’s already bowing and warping more than when we bought the place 1.5 years ago, and it lost half a panel in a summer windstorm. Clucking at the neighbor’s chickens might be as close as we get to livestock.

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Did I say it rains? I think I won’t check the blackberry patch just now.

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These adorable berries grow on a woody vine that’s climbing our old lady hawthorn tree. The berries are bittersweet-colored in autumn and darken to nearly-red in winter. I should figure out what this is. They look like tiny rosehips, but I don’t think the vine flowers.

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The witch’s rock is drowned. The little hawthorn beside it sprung up this summer, and makes me so happy.

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Haws are the berries on hawthorn trees. As for the thorns …

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3 thoughts on “Poking around

  1. Your posts are like reading Martha Stuart for me. I just read them and go “I’m glad someone lives this way. I could not live this way.” But they make me feel, just for a moment, like I could knit socks.

    • Hm. The old-horse-farm aspect isn’t too daunting; we live ten minutes from shopping, and my husband likes his riding mower. The lack of light in winter gets a little oppressive, I admit.

  2. I love your paddock fences too and I would totally live at your place! It looks amazing. The idea of exploring your home is wonderful and I’m feeling inspired to go and do it myself. So if I disappear off the web, you’ll know I fell down a ridiculously steep hill in the bush and skewered myself on something. 🙂

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