Where the Home Fires are (not) Burning

We surely did not come to the coast this far south for the balmy weather compared to the mountains. It has been bone chilling in Wilmington.

But just a year ago, we’d have been a lot colder and had to travel a lot farther to see our grand daughters and their mom and dad in South Dakota. So we’re not complaining.

We’re heading back this morning, without the freezing rain that almost aborted our trip mid-way on Friday.

The house will be well chilled, being heated only enough by the propane wall heaters to keep pipes from freezing. The warming trend is appreciated before the next onslaught.

It will take a good 24 hours running both wood stoves to heat the living space and the structure itself, so that it’s uniformly comfortable. There have been reasons we’ve never traveled during the winters since taking roost in Goose Creek.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of Floyd-centric links to keep you in the loop.

Logging with horses :: Traditional Forestry in Appalachia – YES! Magazine

A big weekend for SustainFloyd | SustainFloyd

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Wow! Sustain Floyd is really ammking an impact. The pocket farm workshop sounds really exciting. I can imagine how satisfied you are feeling for having been involved in developing this organization. Very worthwhile effort indeed.