Wintertime has its ups and downs. Much of the field work is on hold providing time for other fun activities. However, the cold always makes even the basic farm tasks more difficult. Of course it is easy to imagine the difficulties of winter that the previous owners faced. We have the luxuries of a propane furnace, electricity and running water. Plus the 6 fireplaces and stoves help brave the cold.
Coping with winter on the farm two hundred years ago was much different. The stone farmhouse would get below freezing and just stay at that temperature for months. Fires would provide some heat, but most rooms would be cold. It was just not possible to split enough cord wood to keep the house warm. Sleeping in the bedrooms would involve layers of clothing and blankets. Getting water required a cold hike to the springhouse or the well. And naturally, getting to the outhouse was a cold cold adventure. And remember, the farm animals needed attention as well.
Enjoy the pictures of the farm in the winter.
February 13, 2014 – 14 inches and counting. The weather channel is calling for 6 more tonight!