I took this photo yesterday when Kate and I were moving another load of firewood from the big pile on the ridge above the farm (this is directly to the west of the house and barns). We have a large woodshed (8' deep x 32' wide, or 2.4 m x 9.7 m) right next to the outdoor wood boiler, but it can't hold all the wood we use, so periodically during the winter we have to restock the woodshed from this pile. We started off with 24 cords of wood, and at this point I bet we end up going through almost all of it before we finally shut down the boiler in April. (A cord is a stack of wood 8' wide, 4' high and 4' deep, or 2.4 m x 1.2 m x 1.2 m.) One of the very nice things about our outdoor wood boiler is that I don't need to split the wood before using it; I can put these big log pieces right in the firebox. That saves a tremendous amount of time and labor.
Since I took that photo, we got a couple of inches of snow overnight, followed by freezing rain this morning and then just plain old non-freezing rain on top of everything. It was a lot of fun doing chores outside in that mess!
The new Shelter Challenge started Monday, January 9 and ends at midnight on March 18. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
*** Okay, this is important, folks: We are now LISTED UNDER OUR NEW NAME, ROLLING DOG FARM. State is still NH for New Hampshire. ***
Please remember, you can vote every day ... consider bookmarking the voting page to make it easy.
We won $1,000 as a weekly winner in the last contest, and thousands more in the previous contests. The Shelter Challenge really does bring in a lot of money for the animals here!
You can vote in the Shelter Challenge here.