We're getting there... we have a bit more prep time here in NC... I meant to comment earlier.. Happy Anniversary !
Slowly but surely we are getting there...our winters don't come too early so I think we are still in for a bit of nice weather...but cause only God decides the weather, we have to be prepared.Still praying for healing for you...and congratulations on almost three years living off-grid.Blessings,Connie
Yes we are getting ready for winter...potatoes are all picked...carrots are left to do...more outside work needs to be finished soon...it can snow just about any time in our parts of the world ...hopefully not until December :))
We have our firewood stacked and ready. That's about all we have to do here. Our winters are nothing to yours. Our biggest thing is we harvest our pecans from now til the 1st of December. Then we are cleaning up and pruning. That's really our winter.
I picked up after the dog this afternoon because it's supposed to rain tomorrow. ;) Not exactly winter preparations, but rain in October is uncommon, and soggy dog poop is even grosser than regular dog poop. LOL!
our winters are warm compared to yours, nonetheless, I still have the chimney swept, buy more wood, stack and sort it, get the quilts out and air them, fold them on the end of the bed. Our winters are usually warm until a cold snap in january. I won't have to put the central heating on at all and will be fine with one wood stove. we live very much on grid but just use as little of it as possible. i do this because we can't afford the gas/water/electricity so we make do with very little - frugal queen - england
We are working on getting in wood, cutting back shrubs and such, cleaning up outside and storing items that need to be. I am also stocking up on winter food. We are in NC as some of the other's, however we have had frost already and it is getting cold at night early this year. I love cooler weather it just seems cozy with the fire going.
Firewood is split and stacked. One freezer is full, but I need some more meals frozen and ready. My wife is due next week, so I will need to pick up the cooking slack. I also need to reduce the amount of rabbits and ducks that I have, to make the winter chores a bit easier. This is my favorite time of year.
In Kentucky we are feeling a bit of a chill. We have trimmed our damaged trees, stacked up the firewood, put in a fall garden, repaired the roof in places, still have some final outdoor maintenance both yard/garden and house. I hope to build a compost bin for the leaves before they fall. Winter quilts have come out, but the weather is warming up for a few weeks. I love this time of year too!
We had a family "work day" a few weekends ago...most of our winter preparations center around the animals and getting the barns ready. This week I am seperating the sheep for breeding groups and also need to prepare the chickens "winter quarters". Still doing some canning. OH, and Praise the Lord it looks like there is going to be third cutting hay!
I found this easy composting hot water heater method for you folks! http://permacultureideas.blogspot.com/2011/07/compost-wheelie-bin-hot-water.htmlJust uses two trash cans and stuff you have laying around the farm. Upfront work saves heating water, every day, on a wood stove.
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