La Blachette
"La Blachette," Vernoux d'Ardeche, France

As the homestead did not have running water, we hauled it with a pail from a waterhole—downhill from the manure pile. We did our homework and wrote the occasional letter to our aunt Alma by the light of the log fire in the chimney, which was also used for cooking. The lone kerosene lamp was only used whenever "company" was present.