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The other day we finally reached a nice, solid float voltage on the batteries with a few hours of good sunlight left in the day, so I opted to plug in the induction stove and warm a full kettle of water using the power of the sun! Whistling merrily along here, but hard to see the steam.  Let's try a different angle! Whelp, this isn't much better, but you sure can see how bright the sun is!
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Aiki Homestead by Stephen Garstin - 1M ago

Everyone seems to agree that we've received an above average amount of snow here this winter.  A couple of  days ago it finally warmed up above freezing and things started to melt.  This caused the snow to slide off the front porch of the cabin in dramatic fashion - as well as completely around the wood shed. Child for scale: We just have to repeat this picture once the snow is gone to see
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Here's some beautiful shots from my latest card swap. Didn't even notice it on the thumbnail! But then saw the footprints developing. What a warm tail that must be.
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Aiki Homestead by Stephen Garstin - 1M ago

The extended periods of -30 degree weather played havoc here at the homestead. The most egregious issue was around the chimney.  Inside my little attic chimney room, the air must have been extremely cold, and when moisture infiltrated from the cabin itself, it froze within the rock wool insulation.  Once temperatures warmed up to a more balmy twenty below, that moisture condensed and ran back
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This is probably going to be a pretty short post - it's a very simple job to do. My new regulator finally arrived after about a month of waiting, but again, it was $35 instead of the $215 that I was to be charged for buying it locally. Finally arrived!  Note Kenny's artwork. Remove the old voltage regulator from beside the battery - use a 10mm socket. Nothing to it, two bolts and a plug
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Aiki Homestead by Stephen Garstin - 1M ago

Recently we had two different sets of guests here at the homestead. First up we had visitors that had been at the homestead in it's earliest days - my friend's two daughters returned to experience a Canadian winter after having spent the past year or two in Paraguay - lucky them!  They arrived just in time to experience an extended period of -30 degree weather!  Needless to say, we played loads
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I know, it's a hare or a rabbit, but the picture calls out to me "bunny!"
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I know you've already seen lynx pictures, but I felt that these were especially good.
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Almost didn't notice the ears on the bottom of the picture!
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Looking good!  Saw some large paw prints in the snow, so were curious what would be responsible.
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