Many of our friends who don't live close by have expressed an interest in our fallback living arrangements while we rebuilt the ground floor of our house following the post-Isabel flood. For almost a year, our living room, dining room, and kitchen (and furniture storage area) were removed to our roomy (18' x 30') marquee (tent), complete with "central heat" (a wood stove) and "A/C" (a roof vent that functions as a cupola to vent hot air out the roof and draw cooler ground level air in the doors). The photos below were taken during a subsequent overflow of Goose Creek - one that did not engulf our house. As we said many times during the year of rebuilding, "Thank God we're reenactors: we have the gear, and we have the skills!" As nice as the tent is, we are very happy to be back in our new old farm house. Enjoy the photos.
 
 
This shot (above) shows the approach to our temporary living quarters from the house - the front door is nicely tied up to keep out winter winds. Just to give you an idea of the size, the top roofline at the center of the tent is 15' high, and the point where the walls join the roof is 7' high. The distance from the left to the right edges of the tent is approximately 30'. Veteran reenactors may recognize this as a Tentsmiths product. Another view is shown below:
 
 
This view of our "home beside our home" shows the "central heat" feature, sort of - on the left side of the tent there is a square flap. This flap covers the "chimney vent" (an insulated stove pipe jack) when the stove is not in use. The disconnected "chimney" is the white/silver "pipe" on the ground just below the stove jack in the photo. The front door is on the right side.
 
 

Get out the BenGay (for me) and lots of bags for all those lovely fleeces, which have all been covered this year to keep them cleaner. We have our shearing scheduled for early April (weather permitting), and photos of sample locks should be posted on our fleeces page soon!

The photo above is of me shearing my first sheep under the watchful eyes of the shearing goddess, Margi. I acquired the greatest respect for shearers that day - shearing is not for the faint of heart or the out of shape body! I think the three sheep I sheared that afternoon survived the experience much more comfortably than I did.

 
 
It's that time of year again, and baby lambs are springing up everywhere, it seems. The photo is of Zefram, taken when he was just a few hours old. The orange "coat" helps the lamb retain body heat during the first day or so until he gains a little weight. So far, most of our lambs this year are black, but we have had one white lamb this year. We'll be putting up a couple of additional photos as lambing season progresses.