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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hobbit Style Root Cellar

I had the good fortune to meet the people who built this root cellar . They allowed me to check it out and photograph it . I decided such a wonderful hobbit-hole needed to be shared with you ! Above you can see the entrance to the root cellar , or cold storage, built to preserve the vast amount of fruit and vegetables this family grows.
If you walk up their driveway this is what you'll see. A beautiful rock garden where the plants thrive in extreme temperatures This area of the U.S. has very hot summers and very cold winters. The rock garden is actually the roof of the root cellar. You can see a pipe used for ventilation of the root cellar sticking out like a periscope.
The home sits below some beautiful mountains and overlooks meadows where elk, deer, cattle , and wild turkeys graze. Breath-taking views everywhere you look, and they've taken a simple root cellar and turned it into just another view worth looking at and enjoying.
Inside the root cellar ( they hadn't yet begun to fill it up with their harvest when we were there ) are bins for potatoes, onions, apples. There are shelves for all the canned goods they preserve themselves.
I could easily covet this fine hobbit hole .
Root cellars, larders, and pantries full of food canned and preserved by us that was grown in our own orchards and gardens is such a rewarding endeavor well worth everyone knowing and practicing to some degree. Wouldn't it be fun to look forward to stashing the hard-worked-for goods in a hobbit hole like this ?


joanne said...

I could easily covet this wonderful space also! It is beautiful, fascinating and a wonderful addition to those of us who wish to be able to winter over all our bounty from summer.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely storage place.

Thanks for sharing. I can only imagine what it will be like filled with jars and bins of colorful deliciousness.

Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! What a great idea...

Connie said...

That is both pretty and practical! Very unique, I think.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such a practical and beautiful hobbit hole! What a sense of satisfaction to grow and can and store all your food for the winter.
I love the new picture of you and your grandson. His parents must be thrilled!

Tea in the Library said...

I've know a root cellar or two but none as nice as this.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Kathy, that is the most amazing root cellar I've ever seen, bar none! My family...grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents have always had root cellars but nothing like this one. My root cellar is also where the oil tanks and furnace are located so it stays comfortable in the winter. It's also where the cats can go should they be uppity and not come into the house when it's bed time.