We’re on a short pre-holiday get-away in the White Mountains, just a couple miles from the location in our masthead photo. It looks like a winter wonderland here. If any readers are languishing in dreary, muddy, snow-less parts of the northeast at the moment, I suggest altering your plans to come up this way for the Christmas weekend. It will put you in the spirit of candy icicles and sleigh bells.
With some time to while away I was just reading this month’s Yankee magazine. There’s an article about dairy farming in Vermont. The author mentions, parenthetically, that his neighbor (a dairy farmer) has a wood furnace in his cellar, and burns 12 cords of firewood a year. Fooooo. I really can’t imagine handling an entire order of magnitude more firewood than we do now. Just stacking that much would leave me ready to sleep for a year– to say nothing of the sawing and splitting. Plus I’d need to build an extra house just to store it. Do any readers burn wood, either as primary or secondary heat? How much do you go through a winter?