Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wood collection for cosy fires

When we built our house we decided on an open fire, imagining long winter nights with a lovely log fire to gaze upon and dream..... the reality was
a. It didn't last all night, the house was cold next morning
b. We used a lot of wood to keep our big room warm enough.......
and this meant lots of wood collections!
Now we have an in-built slow combustion heater which goes all night, our house stays warm and we don't use quite as much wood. And we are warm in the evenings without as much effort!
Today the 'hewer of wood' was getting himself organized when I suddenly had the idea of a picnic lunch and helping. Ham and cheese sandwiches, some cup cakes and a thermos for hot tea, the dogs and us humans set off!

We find the log, tie up the dogs so they can't go off chasing kangaroos.

They don't think much of that!

Chainsaws all ready!

Now in use, getting small enough pieces to then split with the magic splitter.

The magic splitter, no more chopping of wood!

Beautiful markings and colours

Some sustenance for the workers

We don't have a twincab ute but a 1 1/2 cab, meaning the small seat in the back is OK for the little ones and slim ones, not so good for me to climb in....or out for that matter.
Because where we were we decided the dogs had better come home in the ute instead of running along beside us and getting distracted by those jumping things we have here in Australia! So guess who sat in the back and who sat in the front!

I'm the one in the back sea!


  1. Hi Aubrey,
    Look at those cute dogs, always the best seat in the house, eh? Thanks very much for commenting on my blog, I'm so glad you enjoy seeing England which really is at its best at this sunny moment!
    Hen xxx
    P.S. Eton mess dessert is whipped double cream sweetened with vanilla sugar, with chopped strawberries and raspberries and chunks of crumbled meringue all mixed in. Yum!

  2. Mum, I can smell the wood. I am sure I say this every time but I wish I was there with you both. Love Kate xxooxxooxx.