Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Making Power and Feeding the Birds

It is a wonderfully beautiful day here. The sun is shining brightly and our solar panels are churning out power. Because we are off the grid, I need to take advantage of days like this to use any power hungry appliances, so, today it is laundry and vacuuming. Not the most fun in the world but it needs to be done.

And I am sure you have already guessed that we do not have a clothes dryer. Way too power hungry. I hang up the clothes on an old-fashioned clothes horse and put it in the front window in our bedroom. Our house is designed as passive solar. That means on a day like today when the sun is beaming, our front rooms are flooded with sunlight and warmth. In fact, on a day like today when it is so sunny, the front of our house can get to between 75 - 80 F degrees. That heat is drawn into the back of the house making it very comfortable in here with absolutely no other source of heat during the daytime. I do not usually put on the stove until around 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon.

I have a couple of photos for today. Here is a shot of the house from the road. Lots of snow here.

We do some wildlife around here. At this time of year it is mostly birds. We have put up two feeders at the front of the house to help them out during this very cold weather. This year so far we have had scores of Blue Jays, lots of Chickadees and I have also seen some Juncos and also a couple of Red-Breasted Nuthatch.

We do have a lot of deer that wander around the farm, hence the 9 foot garden fence. They have a couple of spots that they like the most. When it got to -35 a couple of weeks ago Frank took out some food for them. Mostly corn and molasses but it is helps them with much needed calories. They have to search for their food at this time of year and we want to help them if we can. We had a couple of does come close to the house last winter but I have not seen any this year.

That is it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

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