With predictions of a cold, snowy winter, it's time to
make sure we have adequate firewood for the season.
While we do have a furnace, we supplement by using a
wood burning insert in our fireplace which is especially
helpful when we have our occasional power outages
and to help keep electric bills down.
There is a huge downed tree just up the Taylor Trail.
This will eventually be the entry to the path through the woods
between our house and my in-laws. I shall
make a red cloak for Taylor so she can carry a nice
basket of goodies next door. (Sound familiar??)
Storms take down a lot of
trees around here, some have been aging
for awhile, some fell from recent storms.
Tom takes care of the sawing and my job will
be using the splitter controls after he places
the logs for me. Then I can help stack.
We're not far from the house, just up the Taylor Trail.
We have a lot of fungus growth on the trees.
I have heard that if it grows on bark, it's safe to eat but I don't
think I want to experiment. It does make for
some interesting patterns and textures.
The new log splitter comes in very handy.
It saves many hours of time over splitting by hand.
My inlaw's house is next door so it will be used to
clean up the storm damage and provide firewood there too.
About half the tree cut and split.
I began stacking while Tom was finishing up the grass cutting.
Only a portion fits in the wood holder that is on the
courtyard for easy access. We have a larger location
up by the garden for the majority of the wood.
We bring it down as necessary and if it's icy, we place a
bunch on the front porch to avoid
slipping and sliding across the way.