So, there has always been this flat rock behind our barn. Last summer we kicked back the grass a bit and found it was larger. We started digging and have discovered it is MUCH larger. Even more curious are some parallel grooves and one place with parallel and perpendicular grooves. Nothing else like this on our 80 acres. Clearly the ONLY explanation is that this was placed by the benevolent space aliens. We are pretty sure the markings say eat more pumpkin seed oil, which, by the way, is conveniently available right here, easy!
We are fortunate to have a magnificent White Oak tree in our woods, it is huge but we’ve never known how old. I snowshoed out to measure its diameter. 43.5″ and with the “growth factor” of 5, this tree is a healthy 217 year-old and was a seedling in 1803. White Oaks can live 300 years, there are documented trees at 450 years in the US. From the Oak’s perspective, we pass through quickly, good to consider.
We are so fortunate to live and grow in pristine, NW Wisconsin. Our friend and neighbor, Drew French, @andrewrfrench is obsessed with maps and water and created this one for us. Hay River Pumpkin Seed Oil is on the lower left. What we do on our land, connects to everything. Connects to the Hay River, which connects to the Red Cedar which connects to the Mississippi which connects to the world. Proud to be certified organic!
Wet or dry, -31 is cold period! Look at that 102 degree temperature difference inside/outside. This capped off 10 days of low temps in the -20s. It is a big pain in the butt, however, there are benefits. Below -20 there is a certain sterilizing effect. For example, our insect nemesis, the cucumber beetle, has their overwintering larva killed off. Ok, done that, now we can resume normal, will be in the 30s (above) next weekend. Swimsuit weather in Northern Wisconsin. 🙂