Monday, 9 August 2010

Log Pile Progress

Not much gardening recently, the last few days being taken up with nephew's wedding.

Despite being extremely tired this weekend (730 miles in 2½ days and I was behind the wheel for over 600 of them) we spent much of Sunday outside.

Helped Management paint the workshop garage which now only needs one more coat of floor paint and electrics before he can start using it. At Management's suggestion we then turned our attention to the huge log pile near the kitchen window. Before we started making preparations for the coming winter, the pile looked like this:

Taken from exactly the same position, by the end of Sunday it looks a little different:

We've reduced the length of the pile by approximately ten feet and the store is half full. Not everything we have moved has been split, although I did an hour with the log splitter before we finished there is still enough in situ to keep me occupied this week.


(the little stack in the corner is what was left over from last winter)


Midway through chainsawing logs into WBS-sized lengths there was a huge squawking behind us. Mum pheasant was back and voicing her disgust that we were working where she expected to find food. She had brought her second brood up to the Bag End buffet and was very unimpressed that we have rearranged the furniture since she was last here with the teenagers from the first brood.

Rushing to get corn was more important than taking photos so no pictures of the latest family; I think it may have been their first outing because they are very small. Mum was obviously hungry and happy to eat less than 6 feet away from me whilst the babies stayed in the long grass.


  1. What a joy having the second brood back. Hopefully mother pheasant will let you get some pictures of cute chicks very soon.

    Here's to a full log store...

  2. Thanks James, mother seems very relaxed around us, it is not difficult to get quite close.

  3. The log store's coming along nicely, but you're going to start panicking when the overflow piles get much smaller :o)

  4. SewAli, oh how true. Right now it is a luxury to have so much timber on hand.

  5. It must be extremely satisfying to have a full log store as winter approaches. We have lots of timber but no store as yet. It's a good feeling to know that it should be seasoned enough to burn by the end of the year.

  6. Jill, chuck a tarp over your log pile if you like but make sure air can circulate. Your wood will be seasoning very happily!

  7. I had the same thought as sewali about you running out of wood. An enterprising Hobbit will find a supply from somewhere though, I'm sure.

  8. Sadly we don't have enough land to GYO :{ Now if only I could buy the field in front of the house, unfortunately it is not for sale ...

  9. Love the log store, puts mine to shame.

  10. Ah Steve, but your tomatoes show the rest of us up as rank amateurs!

  11. Filling your log store must be much the same feeling as I get filling the cupboard with jams and chutneys. You feel set up for the winter!

  12. VH - great feeling which must hark back to something buried deeply in the DNA. Seeing a full log store is immensely satisfying and reassuring.

  13. cripes, that was quite a journey! Gotta love a good wedding though :o)
    Any inspirational food morsels at the reception (hark at me, time I headed for the kitchen for a snack!)

  14. Hi Nic, food was very simple (and all the better for it). A starter of probably the best smoked salmon I've ever had, lamb main and choc mousse for those who had any room left. It was all perfectly cooked, beautifully served, and tasted wonderful.


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