How did people in the northern land of Wisconsin stay warm through those hard winters in the 19th century, without electric blankets, natural gas furnaces or radiators? Wood fires, wool, fur and the sauna…naturally.
Seems pretty simple to me.
(In response to the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge.)
What a cosy place!
Old World Wisconsin is a fabulous place to visit. I highly recommend it!
I have always marveled at how our predecessors made it without all the conveniences available today. They were strong people who carved the trail for all of us to follow. Nice post. 🙂
They were resilient and not afraid of hard work, too. And for many of them, the physical work kept them healthy. Thanks for your visit!
In our former house, we had a wood-burning stove inserted into the fireplace. I miss it!!
I love the smell of woodsmoke and haven’t lived with a fireplace in my home since high school. I miss it, too!
I would never have got out of bed (what a wuss! 🙂 )
And then the fire would die. See? You gotta keep yourself moving to survive. It’s good for you! 🙂 Thanks for your visit!
That’s quite funny in relation to what I’m writing tonight! I do a Monday walk feature 🙂 Best wishes for 2015!
I grew up with this – thank you for posting! It’s a lovely take on the challenge.
Those were the days…self-reliance and fortitude! Thanks for your visit!
So great, this set of photos.
Glad you like them! Thanks for visiting!
Ah, the sauna — perfect example of warmth!
Intense warmth! I think they get it up to 140 degrees. This picture was taken in the summer, though, and it wasn’t fired up. Thanks for visiting!
My husband likes ours pushing 180-200 which is too warm for me — 140-160 is perfectly for a leisurely sweat! Cheers!
Thanks! And thanks for your visit!
You just need a toasting fork and some marshmallows 😉
It’d be impossible, since marshmallows weren’t invented until 1948. These kitchens are from about 1870.