|This beautiful picture was found in ETSY shop Carla Dyck Fine Art Photography at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarlaDyck?ref=seller_info|
Despite being a modern construction the log cabin had many antiques and features that gave it the old fashioned country feel. My favorite was the old cast iron wood stove in the dining room. I loved this little wood burner since it was one of the only sources of good dry heat that would successfully dry all of my treasures. I carefully bundled the herbs by their stems and hung them around the freshly stoked stove. I begged for any old sheet pan my mother had and placed the small items into the oven space. Most often the house would be filled with aromas of drying mint, comfrey, and chamomile (my favorites and these were the most abundant herbs.) I looked forward to the days it was cool enough to start the wood stove since in the Midwest it was always so humid that drying things was a challenge.
|This sweet miniature replica looks a lot like the stove I grew up with. It can be found in ETSY shop Rubees Nest at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RubeesNest?ref=seller_info|