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The “green” house in Plummer’s Hollow

The new house

I have been remiss in not posting something about the newest residence in Plummer’s Hollow, which was completed a little less than a year ago. But my procrastination has paid off, and now you can read the whole story, and look at the photos, in my mom’s latest Pennsylvania Game News column, The Green House.

As you’ll see, we had the house built over at the old McHugh place to minimize its footprint. “Green” features include passive solar design, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and insulation made from blue jeans. We are delighted to have Troy and Paula Scott as neighbors, caretakers, and — as noted in the previous post — fellow naturalists.


Beetles and Plummers

We’ve just added a couple of nifty new pages here, plus a photo gallery offsite at Flickr. Go to the History section to find links to a page of historical photos, including one of William and Catharine Plummer, the original settlers for whom the hollow was named. Also linked there is a gallery of charming photos from 1919, which we’ve placed at Flickr to take advantage of that site’s superior photo gallery and slideshow applications.

New to the Nature section is an inventory of the beetles of our end of Brush Mountain – the first of many such biological inventories we plan to feature on the site. It may seem like a strange place to start, but as Steve points out, “The Coleoptera of Brush Mountain probably represent the single largest class of living thing on the property, as they do worldwide.”

Media coverage

Blogger Gina Marie writes about her wildflower walk through Plummer’s Hollow, and has also posted a Flickr photoset. It’s always interesting to see the hollow through the eyes of its visitors. Thanks, Gina!

Last of the Giants

On the day after Thanksgiving, 2006, Dad, Steve and I cut down the last of the big balm of Gilead poplars (Populus balsamifera) around the main house. It had been dropping branches for a couple of years, threatening the electric lines into the house and — if the whole tree came down — the house itself. I wrote about the felling here. You can see photos of the felling here.