It’s that time of year when everything seems to be on fast-forward. Blink and you miss it.
I didn’t miss the apple blossoms this year, but I never got around to sharing them here. I’ve been okay with that; life is for living first, everything else is gravy.
If I’m honest, the blog will continue to be quiet at least until the end of June, and then I’m hoping / planning to pick up the pace again.
Wishing you all the best and hoping you are able to take time to ‘smell the apple blossoms’ or the equivalent for your part of the world.
One well-aimed snowball, that’s all it took. I still can’t believe I captured the shot! When I went outside yesterday afternoon, I noticed how close the snowy carapace on our woodshed was to meeting the ground.
When we get going, we really get going. It was plus six here today! Still not sure how the snow on our uninsulated wood shed can hang on like this…
This shot shows that we still need to build a door for our hay/wood storage, but there will always be time in the spring. Come on spring!
After a great many weeks with more days in the minus twenties than we care to count, temperatures in our neck of the woods have bounced upwards recently. Getting outside for a ski, a snowshoe or just to do chores, has been much more enticing on these milder days, though in the evenings we invariably find ourselves clustered back around the woodstove.
Of course, the pets need no excuse; they curl up by the Ironheart whenever it pleases them, which is often. And when we can, we curl up with them.
Reggie and the kittens by the Ironheart
Toffee, intrigued by the woodstove
The kittens have discovered that we lead lives outdoors
Out for a ski
Getting ready for a run down the hill
Back inside cuddled up with pets
Kittens snoozing with the teenager
It’s only taken us four winters, but we finally figured out how best to place our furniture in relation to our Ironheart woodstove.
Early on in the season we had a fundamental rethink about our main living space, which is one large room with a kitchen at one end and a living area at the other with the Ironheart in the middle. When we moved in, we almost unthinkingly placed our dining table in the centre of the room and next to the Ironheart. It made practical sense, given that meals are served from that end of the room, but somehow it never felt right. It really didn’t make the most of Ironheart and opportunities for enjoying its warmth and the glow from the firebox.
Suddenly, this winter, we realized that the dining table really belonged over by the large windows at the far end of the room and our sofas felt most at home right in front of the Ironheart. Now, we have a room that just makes sense for us, with our dining table still near the warmth of the Ironheart, but able to give us views to the outdoors and abundant daylight, and our sofas ideally positioned to maximize exposure to the Ironheart. It’s where we read, chat, play games, think about work or even get a little work done, snack or enjoy a casual meal, hang out with our furry friends (Petkid’s readers will know that we now have two kittens as well as Reggie the labrador retriever), and just generally live. It has made the Ironheart even more central to how we live, and that’s made this winter that much better.
Reggie absolutely not posing
The Ironheart is a great spot for learning new stuff
Reading in front of the fire with a couple of kittens
Our old red bench has a new home by the window
Chatting in front of the Ironheart
Loaves of banana bread ready for the Ironheart
What our main room looked like before the change
You can read more about how we decided to physically position our Ironheart in our ICF bungalow in this previous post.