Visit an isolated place hidden back in the wilderness mountains of the Cumberland Plateau that used to be a bustling logging and mining town beside a main railroad here in Tennessee.
Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Right now it is wintertime here at the Walker Cottage so carrying in wood, building fires, and emptying ashes is a daily chore. Nothing like a cozy fire for when the arctic winds howl outside.
My cats like to curl up by the fire and snooze. I confess I also love curling up in the recliner close by the fire with a book too on frigid days. Nothing like wood heat to warm the bones.
Meanwhile out in the hen house that I have winterized with plastic over windows, heated water, etc. the chickens are enjoying rooting around indoors and gobbling down warm mash on freezing days. I pamper the dear birds so that they will continue to give me lovely brown eggs. Do I spoil them or what?
Only my white ducks enjoy being outside on rainy sleety days, although I put them up at night to keep them safe from all the wildlife roaming around. Despite having an electric fence around the woods, weasels and foxes get in if I'm not careful. I also had to start keeping my white meat chickens penned in and up at night as well so the coons wouldn't get them.
Our gentle long-haired golden German shepherd had a stroke and we had to put Lady down. Lady had been a surrogate mother to Tex, our six-week-old Texas heeler, that we bought knowing she was getting older and blind. Already at four months, Tex is showing signs of herding that is in his bloodline. Once he becomes an adult, Tex will be the perfect companion to keep our animals safe during the day and at night. Meanwhile we have lots of puppy love and energy to shape into a well trained dog. I get plenty of exercise keeping up with the Walker farm.