STAYING WARM IN THE BITTER COLD

January 6 was the coldest day in the past 10 years here in rural Ridgeway. A newly-named weather phenom, known as a polar vortex, had descended on the Driftless Area.  In downtown Dodgeville, -22F was flashing out front of the Wells Fargo Bank – and a brutal wind produced a […]

FOILING DEER BROWSE

Deer are the largest and most dramatic wildlife most of us see on a regular basis. This summer we enjoyed watching a mother and her two fawns regularly explore their botanical buffet within feet of our bedroom window.  They were incredibly endearing at such close range, but a cloud hung […]

BUILDING A TERRACE GARDEN

When Doug was hiking in Nepal years ago, he saw many examples of how the people in that steep land terrace the garden beds they depend on.  We decided to do the same on our own slanty land. Fortunately, our rock wall builder still had a few more rocks that […]