Sunday, January 10, 2010

a 7-day Journal of Living off-grid at Maple Valley Farm WINTER


*** see another video just updated below as well

January 9, 2010 Day 5



















We had a successful ice day today! Not much to journal because today was all about the ice. It happened to be a beautiful day, high of 42 degrees! THE SUN WAS OUT! The guys even had their coats off and were breakin' a good sweat! The horses behaved as well! They almost seemed proud to help...


Noon dinner was meatloaf, potatoes, jello, salad, banana cake and church cookies! Awesome!


We had a good turnout, everyone was safe, no hurts (ok, the GG is hurtin' tonight)


We will be sleeping good tonight. We will be enjoying the ice this summer to make ice cream and more!


Some ice questions answered ***THE IDEA BEHIND AN ICE HOUSE IS: We have ice all summer. We bring in a cube of ice about every 3 days, set it in a chest freezer for our "refrigerator". We do not use it for drinks as it is not clean ice (pond water). This is the 2nd year we have done it, we hope to have it last through the fall so we do not have to buy ice. This year it lasted to the end of April, beginning of May. You would be surprised how you do not need a refrigerator. It is for convenience, although a wonderful convenience, it isn't necessary (this is a relative word).


The only thing left today is get some sawdust to spread on the ice and the inside of the ice house (we are trying something new this year) to complete it this year.


I hope you enjoy the photos. Feel free to ask any questions about today :)


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14 comments:

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

Wow, this is amazing! Have you already shown pictures of the ice house?

Happy Days said...

I guess that's the way it's been done for centuries. Amazing. Yes, I want to see the ice house too. Good thinking Gayle!! I bet everyone is ready for bed tonight!! Will you do it again? How much to you get? Is it clean enough to eat? like for drinks in a glass...debbie

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Always a blessing to visit with you.

Lea

Tea with Willow said...

Oh, this is so interesting - and sounds like such hard work! I would love to hear more about how you keep the ice til summer? I really enjoy reading about your life - and always look forward to your posts & photos.

So glad the horses were calmer for you today - they knew the job had to be done!

Take care,

Willow x

All Natural Mama said...

Fascinating! I'd also like to learn more about the ice house. Does it work like a spring house, keeping temperatures cold via cold water running through?

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Homemaker Ang said...

i just added the answers to some questions in the above post :)

cityfarmer said...

makin' me even colder looking at this ice...

waiting, just waiting for grandbaby 3

aztextpress.wordpress.com said...

We also live "off grid" in Eastern Ontario. We have often discussed the "old-fashioned" method of harvesting ice for use all year! I am enjoying your blog!

Mancelona Woodswoman said...

Ah, the ice man cometh. Looks like the day was a success! :)

Sarah said...

ok, maybe it's just me....but how is GG holding that block of ice in the top picture?? It looks like the ice is just sitting in mid-air - GG hands aren't on it at all, it looks like. (?)
Thanks for all the photos and videos - ice harvesting looks like QUITE the big job! Very precise and uniform stacking! I love stopping by and reading your posts.
Thanks for sharing!
Sarah

Homemaker Ang said...

Sarah, I think he was just getting ready to drop it as the ice house looks full? maybe :) I cannot recall :)

A Country Helpmeet said...

Great job guys! I too still have more questions, like what does your "chest" inside the house look like? What do you store in it?

HUGS!!

Dreaming of Deals said...

Not to sound hokey, but filling the ice house was one of my favorite parts of the Little House books...

Can I ask how big your icehouse is? Looks like a shed about 7' tall - what is the sq footage on the ground that you fill?

I'm in Caledonia...not too far from you! Love reading about how you live, thanks!

Swylv said...

my son and I would like to thank you for these pictures because we just read chapter 6 of Farmer Boy about them filling their ice house and then looked at your pictures. Thank you!

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