While the temperatures are warming up here in Tennessee the rain is unrelenting. The area that we have moved to gets over 5 FEET of rainfall a year. Here on the top of this mountain rain is almost daily right now. Not the pouring rain and spring storms that you see in spring in Missouri. Here it is mostly the slow and soaking drizzle for hours on end and sometimes all day long. O Wise One and I have decided that the good people of this part of Tennessee should have webbed feet. But we have to hope that this rain continues once we get our garden planted.
In the meantime O Wise One and I have rehung our old door. Over a century old this door has cranberry glass and is truly exquisite. It has hung in my homes for the past 20 years or so and has made the trip to Tennessee beautifully. Not wanting to put it on an exterior doorway because of the cranberry glass we have decided to hang it on the bathroom doorway and I will sew a curtain to go over the glass on the inside of the room for privacy. O Wise One ripped down that perfectly good and shiny new vinyl clad piece of junk from Lowe's that came on the house and put up our century old bunged up door that I originally purchased out of a farmers shed for a whole 12 pack of beer over 2 decades ago.
Right now O Wise One is making wide door frames and base blocks and a beautiful molding cap to go on top of the door frame to more closely match the period of the door.
Our mirror over the bathroom vanity is a century old solid tiger oak mirror off an old dresser long discarded. And beside it sconces with pull chains. Anyone else remember those. We will add wide base molding and a crown molding up top to finish this room off.
Lots of bars for safety in the bathroom as we strive to prepare this house to grow old in.
And trying to tuck additional storage in every nook and cranny that we can. In the small homes that is so important to be able to have a place for everything. Trying to stain and sand cabinets inside is a real pain though.
So even though it rains almost daily right now we still have lots do inside to keep us busy. For two people so used to planting it is hard to wait. O Wise One has 6 raised beds started but we have not planted anything yet. We wait and observe what the climate will do and try to figure out a strategy in this almost temperate rain forest environment. So different from our prairie gardens of old. It will take lots of composting and soil building over many years to compensate for the shallow soil that this mountainous area is known for. O Wise One has already found a local rabbit grower and started collecting bags of rabbit poop for soil amendments and our first order of business was three large wire composting rings for leaves. As we start to see seed potatoes and onion sets in the stores we wonder if we won't be skipping the early spring planting season while we prepare beds for later spring and summer crops. Right now we watch the locals and study the environment and plan how and where we will plant what as we make plans for our future crops. Luckily our freezer is still full and our pantry has lots of jars left to carry us over until that first harvest.
Until next time....