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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Preparing for winter

I make no secret of being less than delighted that the year is moving swiftly towards another winter, but pretending it is not happening ain't going to make the slightest bit of difference!  Better instead, to spend two fairly bright and decent days working with Management and filling the log store.  We spent all of Thursday and Friday working outside much to Daisy's disgust, but the end result was worth it.







That's a lovely lot of timber, should be more than enough to see us through until next Spring.



The bags hold all the stupidly shaped and awkward bits.



The blue trays hold smallish bits, bigger than kindling but too small to be in the log store, invaluable as an intermediary size when starting the fire.



These large logs are ear-marked for some messing around at the Big Pond:



Happily Storm Ali or whatever it was called did not rip the tarp into shreds, so this morning we need to rearrange the big log pile and fix the tarpaulin for winter.



Very tired at the end of it, a definite sign that neither of us are as young as we used to be (another thing to be unimpressed about but, like the coming winter, unable to do much to stop the process).  Our version of "all day" really only amounts to about four hours work - by the time we've got up,  had breakfast,  and walked Daisy it is time for coffee . . . so we rarely get started on chores until at least 11.00am.  After a couple of hours it is time for lunch, then another two hours until Madam's 4.00pm walk, and by the time we've cleared up the garden and put everything away it's time for a shower and then start cooking.

Happily, I am surprisingly free of aches and pains this morning - so maybe I am not yet as physically decrepit as I felt mid-afternoon on Friday 😊


Coming in on Thursday I noticed the sun hitting the fruit cage and the blueberry bushes look gorgeous.  Despite thinking the very hot weather would finish off the crop earlier than usual, I have been eating huge quantities of berries nearly every day for weeks;  I'll have the last bowl of the season tonight.









10 comments:

  1. Well done you two. Plenty to keep you snuggly warm through the winter. I know what you mean with days passing in a flash & I just don't seem to achieve as much as K's pre retirement years. Isn't it funny that your blueberries are just finishing & mine are in flower, though I've still enough frozen to do a couple of mornings on my porridge for the next couple of weeks. Have a good weekend & take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. We're relieved to have this done, it is a job which ideally would be completed much earlier, but it has been such a strange year so far - bitterly cold and long Spring, three month drought in Summer, I do wonder what the next few months are going to bring ? 🤔

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  2. That's a good looking wood store and so tidyly stacked. We always used the chuck-it-in-a-heap type of stacking!

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    1. Thanks Sue. The extremely tidy stacking is down to Management who has a far greater capacity for precision in these matters than I do. Left to my own devices it wouldn't look nearly as neat :)

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  3. We spent the last four days helping some friends pack up and clear house for moving and we were absolutely knackered! Admittedly the house is on three levels and full to the gunnels with 20 years accumulated stuff (yarn and books) but even so we were surprised at how tired we felt. Your four hour work day sounds perfectly civilised to me and seems like you got a hell of a lot accomplished. Snuggly winter nights await.:-)

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    1. Oh you're a hero. I would rather fill ten log stores than pack up a house for moving. No wonder you were tired :)

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  4. Our blueberry bushes caught my attention last week too. There wasn’t a breath between harvesting and autumn colour.

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    1. We had an overlap Sue, the leaves were turning before I had picked the last berries.

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  5. I know that feeling of feeling one's age but couldn't do a faction of what you fit into your day. You're well sorted for the winter now, well done.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Our friend Danny was still doing more than 2 miles around the lanes every day after lunch when he was the other side of 90 - I'm aiming for that!

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