The Firewood poem

I thought I would share a poem I found about firewood today! Given that we like lighting fires for cooking, sharing, making drinks etc in our forest school sessions!

We are also completely wood fired at the smallholding here, a log fuelled Esse for cooking, heating and hot water when the solar thermal panels are out of season, and a small log burner in the lounge!! So useful thoughts for what burns well in those too, especially as we seem to have ash die back in the woods so need to carefully monitor and fell!

Also it’s now the first of September and officially the start of the part of the year where we can trim hedges, gather firewood for next year and do a bit more work around the place without disturbing wildlife with their young.

Burning the Brash piles and mowing the steep steep orchard and fields!!

The first weekend of half term was spent starting to mow the fields and finally getting rid of brash piles that have been the bane of our fire lighting lives all winter!!! We seem to have cracked the fire lighting now though thanks to a lot of newspaper, breaking the piles down a bit and a flame thrower thingummy Bob that means we can light the paper more centrally to the brash heaps!! 

   
  

And the mowing …. Wow that was hard work but we mowed the fields in three days!!!! Far shorter than the weeks of weed and bramble hacking we did last year!!! Upkeep is definitely quicker!!!!

      

And all of our 46 trees have taken!!!!!!!

Whilst digging out all the brash from the weeds James also discovered another skull….. So here is what wooly beasts (sheep) look like on the inside!!

 

The beacons are lit!!!

We piled up the excess bits from the tree tidying we did behind the bank….. Well we have been piling for weeks…. Finally this weekend the weather was right…. A couple of hours dry in the morning and rain moving in to out the fires when needed… So a couple of hours before the rain James lit the beacons as I have been calling them!!

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The riders of Rohan didn’t appear though……