took the kids on a field trip Monday (one of the joys of home schooling) to Lexington and Concord, MA, turns out today was the 50th of the founding of the park and lots of things going on. Some of the old houses from that time period were open that normally aren’t, inside they had people dressed for the revolutionary war period. We got talking about the fireplaces in the house and he mentioned that on average 14 cords were needed for the winter (from the records of the house), and that those 14 cords would keep the house in the 50s or so, the hardest part to believe was that the whole area had been cleared and was being farmed so that the wood had to come in by ship and wagon from Canada! Seems that buying wood (pellets in my case) from Canada has a historical precedent. Does reinforce the old time adage that “ when your wood pile equaled the size of your house you were ready for winter”, and why so many ancient houses in ME are equal to about a quarter or less of a modern house.