Monday, February 10, 2014

wintry sunshine

The sunniest winter days are also the coldest, with lower air moisture and often frigid winds.

 This means that the coldest days are also the days when we get the maximum amount of solar energy to heat our home.  We have a radiant floor set-up that pumps fluid heated by the sun through our floors and can also be used to heat our hot water.
It's currently 3 degrees (F) outside and we have about 120-degree fluid pumping through the pipes laid in the cement underneath our flooring.  The beauty of this set-up is that it acts as a heat sink and slowly releases the warmth even after the sun has gone down. 

braving single digit temps to help their girl scout troop sell cookies at a booth

Sunshine is also medicine for my soul.
heading into the woods

 Pewitt's Nest (here's what it looked like in September)

looking up

sliding down a frozen waterfall

"May the longtime sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you 
Guide your way on."


  1. sliding down a frozen waterfall would be on my kids top 10 list of things to do i think. mmmmm caramel delights....

  2. Beautiful, snowy scenes. Your heating set up sounds perfect - I am kind of looking forward to snowy winters again (although not always guaranteed in Orkney) x

  3. I think I love your winter posts the most!! So different from us, but so beautiful (but a tad on the cold side).


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