Tuesday, October 11, 2016


What does a door mean? What could a couple feet of wood, screws and hardware mean? Well for this farm it means a lot. Patty came over this morning and she brought an 80-year-old door that was in her barn. She scrubbed it with bleach and brought some screws and power tools, too. That door was a mighty gift. It is going in the same place a door once stood, back when this 200-year-old house was built and created for a world of fireplaces and low-ceilings. Cold Antler is heated by wood and the work horse stoves that keep it comfortable in the cold times can not waste heat sending it upstairs to the bedrooms and offices.

When winter comes this house closes down the upstairs. I move to the downstairs and sleep under wool blankets and sheepskins a few feet from a real fire. It sounds primitive to some, and heavenly to others. But this door permanently closes off the entrance and upstairs - creating a living space cut off by seasons and a threshold.

I am so grateful for this door. It is a gift that will make nights warmer, guest happier, and life easier on this little homestead.


Blogger Juliet Carol said...

Smart to close upstairs off! The door was a perfect gift...nothing like a door with a purpose!

October 11, 2016 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Kellie Steele said...

I just read one of your entries which spoke about getting your fleeces tanned but now I can't find it so I thought that I would mention it here. On another blog I read she has recently posted about tanning her own fleeces if you were interested. The blog is called " Doing it for ourselves. " She lives in England but It looks quite doable with only a handful of things needed. One being a special knife and the other the dip solution.

October 11, 2016 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a great gift, someone as thoughtful as Patty is a very good friend. I hope that you will be warmer and use less firewood! We are busy here in Oregon prepping for fall and winter. I work outside on every nice day.

October 11, 2016 at 10:39 PM  

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