Winter is here I guess. yesterday I put a bale of hay out for the sheep and got their water bucket out with an electric heater to keep it from freezing. That is a sure sign of winter, but hey it is almost December and a month later then last year. Of course the sheep prefer green, growing grass so they will nearly starve themselves walking across the fields looking for the natural green stuff when hay is available right there, but I guess us humans do the same thing metaphorically speaking. The chickens were nice and balmy with their electric heat and Tajmahal of chicken coops; concrete floor, insulated, boarded in and heated!! It was 40 degrees in there last night with just a heat lamp on. Nice.
As for my home heat; we are still burning the white pine slab wood from our pine logs that we sawed up last Spring for our wide pine flooring. Yesterday the sawmill guy came again and sawed up another 3000 bf for my dad, but Popil and Cedar this time.
As for me, my latest interest is in making slate. I looked around a bit more, specifically looking for slate and was shocked at how much is there...huge slabs of the stuff. One mantra I try to do in this house, just to make it more personal is to do whatever I can from stuff found on the farm, Gravel for concrete and the driveway, rock walls for landscaping, trees for the lumber, etc. So it is nice to be able to add slate as a possibility for flooring, sinks and walkways. I have a ranch so I doubt slate shingles will ever be done here, but after doing a slate hunt yesterday, I think I have the slate to do it. This all started when I found out a slate quarry was just down the road from me "back in the day".
So maybe I will find time to pound away on my rock today. We'll see.