Molly has been recording events and her thoughts about our life in the woods since we moved to West Virginia in 1991. The Journals themselves are handwritten in spiralbound notebooks. [see an original page from a Journal] When a notebook becomes full, another is started the Journals are not formal in character.
Weve selected some entries from the Journals from the years 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995 and present them here in two forms. One is a print version with few graphics which presents the text alone. The other form is an online chapbook with a web page for each Journal entry.
We prepare the shack for habitation
Carpentry and yard work followed by a dinner in the beautiful outdoors. A visit by some guys we know.
We work to get warm
Cold weather gives us much incentive for insulating the shack. We scout for forest fires.
Our one-month anniversary of coming to the woods
George and Molly gather firewood. Molly herds cats while George puts a porch on the shack.
Eek, a mouse!
We work on the privy. Molly enjoys life. George is surprised by Snowy.
Junior helps us
Our neighbor Junior gets us unstuck by pulling us up the big hill.
Forging and musing
George forges. Molly muses about making language strong.
George and Socks clear the garden. George finishes a bowl of wood. Molly makes steel towel racks. We move things from storage and find favorite books.
Big solar eclipse
What happens when a solar eclipse changes the woods.
Tool shed takes shape
George works on the tool shed. Molly whines about deadlines. Socks and Viva enjoy the day.
Crocuses and conversation
Animals sing, crocuses bloom, we discuss desire.
A day of metalworking
George makes a coin and an experimental piece. I make steel pieces.
The woods and the world beyond
George compares Newt Gingrich to Sir Issac Newton. Birds accompany me on my walk to the mailbox.
A dream, daffodils and using our skills
We practice metalworking and printing skills.
Sox enjoys birthday treats. We work in the garden and shop.
Our walk into the hollow
We go with Winstanley into the hollow and behold beauty all about us.
Molly asks that you do not reproduce items from her Journal in print or on the Web without prior permission. Thanks!