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From Ugly to Beautiful

I harvested my scarlett runner beans a while back.  I’d let a bunch of them dry out on the vines so that I could have the beans on the inside and cook them at some point this winter.

On the outside, they’re hideous beans, on the inside they’re amazing.  Black and mottled purple.  So lovely.  They make me want to have a barrel of them so I can plunge my hands in and run them through my fingers.  But, I only have a bottle of them.  Maybe next year.

ps.  Merry Christmas!

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It’s Christmas Time

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Loverly old things

The great thing about living in an old house (it was build back around 1905-ish) is discovering old things that have been here for years.  We’ve been renovating around here the last week and deep in the cavern of the furnace room, we found this beautiful old tin full of nails.  We also discovered the original service panel (fuse box) for the house.  It’s up above the front door and too high up for me to get a look at it.   Maybe I’ll try taking a chair up there some day to see what it looks like.

All these old thing got me thinking about all the people that have lived here, the things they had and the things that we now had that might live here after we’re gone.  So, here are some of the loverly old things that are around our house right now.

From top to bottom we have: Old Can Full of Nails and Things, Gorgeous Stained Glass Rose in Our Door, Old Bee Smoker, Old Scroll Vent.

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Renovating

This is what us gardeners do in the wintertime.  We renovate.  At least, Peter and I do.  Summer time was too busy with all the things we love to do and now that we’re stuck inside, we turn our focus to what needs doing here.

WARNING:  PICTURE OF A GROSS RAT IS AT THE BOTTOM!  PUT DOWN ANY FOOD YOU MIGHT BE EATING!  IF YOU JUST ATE, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO SCROLL DOWN!

Sadly, we don’t have any good before picture.  Imagine a couple of walls.  One with a fridge in front of it.  You can do it.  It was a pretty small space.

The reason for this was that we’re having our oil furnace taken out this week and it’s going to be replaced with a heat pump.  So, we had to make room for the switch.  And in the mean while…. we can dream of opening the space up and putting in a kitchen nook.

Tearing down the walls:

Just after ones:

And a mummified rat:

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