It's time for Friday's Hunt again! I have a lot to blog about, but so little time due to work contracts these days. Really hoping to get back to more regular posts soon, rather than just once a week. As usual, for Friday's Hunt, we have 3 prompts from Teresa at Eden Hills: Starts with R, Week's Favourite, and Black or Orange.
Starts with R
I was lucky enough to have a final rose open in the garden this week. The garden is mostly over, and frost has already taken many of the tender plants. The hardy roses are hanging in there, but I am sure this will be the last bloom.
Bonus "R" item is red berries, which are also still hanging on in my woodland areas.
My favourite picture this week was this purple finch, who was picking up seeds under the bird feeder. I didn't see many finches this summer, but I'm glad to see them now!
This week we finally gave in, and started heating the house. I think it was pretty stoic of us to get to the end of October with no heat, given the fact that we are having regular frosts at night these days. This new home we have is heated with a wood stove, which is located in the basement. Neither of us have a great deal of experience with wood heat, but we are learning quickly. The wood stove, as you can see, is black.
It's an unusual stove design, invented in Canada, but now owned by a US-based company. You can see the website here: http://www.sedoreusa.com/ It is an extremely efficient stove that burns from the bottom, and you load it from the top. Due to the design, smoke doesn't pour out when you open the top door. It's quite different from other stoves, but we are impressed with its performance.
The stove accommodates wood, wood pellets, corn stalks, or other biofuels. It's very versatile. It is doing a very good job at heating the house, which it does by a passive heat design - there are no blowers - just open ducts and a heat recovery system.