Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Home on the Mountain

This is my home on a mountain. We're entering this Holiday Season still thick in the Days of Grace. For those of you new to the blog, the Days of Grace is a time in the farming calendar after all the fireworks of fall leaves have gone and before the landscape is covered in snow. Some call it Stick Season. Other's call it miserable. I like the idea of the Days of Grace, and what it stands for. It's your last chance to fix fence posts before they freeze solid into the earth. The last chance to repair the horse cart or tractor and put it away for a winter slumber (if you're not plowing snow with it). And it's finally time that the work of the garden and canning is behind you. Most farms that aren't a Dairy are quiet this time of year. Chores are basic: feeding and comfort-related. It's a time for fatter wallets and fatter waistlines. As the saying goes, happiness weighs more.

20 Comments:

OpenID vintageandhandcraftedinnovascotia said...

As of this morning, here in southwestern Nova Scotia, our days of grace are over and there is a blanket of snow everywhere, including the road. No going up and down this mountain until it's all over! Time to sit in a warm house with a fresh brewed fair trade coffee and enjoy my knitting - in between lugging wood, that is!
Seasons best to all!
Janet in Hall's Harbour

December 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

Happiness weighs more...I like that!

December 19, 2012 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

What a beautiful picture, Jenna. I love the house. What is the back part, to the left? Is that the kitchen?

Today here in N. Ga, feels like spring. It's warm outside! I had a fire in the stove last night but will have to open doors and windows this morning. Have a great day!

December 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

I love this.

December 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

My kitchen is in that long stretch, but on the other side facing the hillside. That side is the entrance to the mudroom, which lives up to its name.

December 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm jealous of Canada, again!

December 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

Funny how I am also in Nova Scotia (Halifax) and we don't have one snow flake on the ground...just rain rain rain. Being so close to the Harbour usually means a green foggy Christmas here. I should go visit Janet in Hall's Harbour!

December 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Alix said...

We've had snow off and on since the beginning of October (right around thanksgiving). Right now we have several inches on the ground and it is a 'balmy' -14C, -20C with windchill (6.8F, -4F). Still jealous of Canada?

December 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

A lovely photo! Merry Christmas. Hope that the New Year brings you much good comfort and peace.

December 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

A lovely photo! Merry Christmas. Hope that the New Year brings you much good comfort and peace.

December 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

We have always referred to this time as "Locking"--after fall and before winter-- when the earth is locking down. There is also "Unlocking"--otherwise known as "mud season"

December 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Back Achres said...

We have always referred to this time as "Locking"--after fall and before winter-- when the earth is locking down. There is also "Unlocking"--otherwise known as "mud season"

December 19, 2012 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I love this picture ~ your home looks warm & comforting (which I'm sure that it is). We had about 2" of snow but it quickly disappeared with all of the rain that followed. I doubt that we'll have a white Christmas here in Southcentral NH. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to Jenna and her readers. Let's hope for Peace and Brotherhood in 2013.

December 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger enchantedhollow said...

It is probably 85 here in texas. I'm jealous of anywhere with any amount of 4 seasons!

December 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Beautiful...

December 20, 2012 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Beautiful...

December 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Beautiful...

December 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Jenna, your house looks so cozy-love this picture. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead.Karen from CT

December 20, 2012 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Beverly Miller said...

Your home looks lovely! Here in Southern California we have hit our Days of Grace as well. I'm not by the beach but in the high desert which looks very much like your area. No snow on the ground but the trees have all lost their leaves and the air is cold and damp. No snow yet but it's coming. Have a very Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger knob creek farmer said...

We call it the mud season. But mud does require rain - which we finally have been getting.

December 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM  

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