Sunday, August 26, 2012

Getting wood, tree trimming, building fence and one last thing!

Getting enough wood for the winter is something that can't be put off and on this hot day we trekked off to a friends property who wanted an alder tree taken down.  It's not difficult to take a tree down with a chain saw, but the work to get it limbed, chopped up and brought home wasn't so easy.   My  job was to throw the smaller pieces of wood in the bed of the truck and Jim split the wood. Some of the pieces are too large to simply split, so they were put in the truck last.
When we got home we then stacked the wood for further splitting.  Some people throw the wood out of the truck in a pile but we stack it.  The reason we stack it is that it may be there for sometime and stacked wood takes up less room in the driveway.  It's not much more work in the long run.

Wood cutting often falls on a day when the temperatures are hot!  This was the case for us and we were lucky to be in the shade while working.
One implement that we are able to use is a wood splitter.  On the day we cut our wood it was not available but it is now, and we'll finish the splitting in no time with this amazing tool!!
Our new place has two extremely large maple trees.  They are small leafed maples and have been growing in place for at least 40 - 45 years.  Any trimming that has been done looks like nature did it!  I call that "God's pruning."  If we don't do it...He will. There is a life lesson in this reality!  We will have an arborist take a look at the trees before we start in.  There is no way we can reach the tops of the that will need to be considered.  What we need is a truck with a long lift bucket and I'm pretty sure no one around here has one.
The fence is coming along but has a ways to go.  In time.....and when there is time....we'll finish it up.
The weather took a cool turn this last week.  It feels like the hot, hot days are over and Fall is on its way. 
We only had two days over 100 degrees.  

One last thing......
  This little pansy is going in a small pot this week, and our granddaughter will be planting it.  She arrives today and we are thrilled to fill the next few days with her giggles and play!! 
.......happy week everyone! 


  1. You really put in some good work for sure. Oh the right tool for the job is a real blessing. Love your stacks of wood. I took a photo of our neighbors huge maple that drops most of its leaves in our yard. We have so many branches drop during the year. Wonder if she needs to do some good trimming...
    Have fun with your grand...I know you will!

  2. Oh, so much work is laying in wood... But having the tools to do it makes a big difference. We use electric heat mostly here, but we have a lovely fireplace we use a lot in the depths of winter. Lovely to catch up with you after a brief hiatus! Happy Weekend (HUGS))

  3. I just love a pile of beautifully cut wood like that. And I have to say you are so lucky to have a wood splitter! We rent one from time to time, because they really are handy when there's a lot of splitting to do.

  4. There is something so very comforting about a wood pile--the assurance of a warm home in winter. And there's something wonderful about the perfect tool!

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