Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winter Preparations

We heat with wood.........and we love it!

Today was a perfect day for taking care of a task that has been put off entirely to long.  Normally we cut, split and stack wood a year in advance.  This time we are rather behind the ball.  Fortunately, our neighbor has quite a few trees in his pasture that have been drying slowly for the past three years.  He was glad to have them removed and we are glad to have them for the winter months.

The boys were a great help this year.  They each worked right alongside of us the entire time.

 The day could not have been more beautiful.  The air was crisp and invigorating.  Fall is beautiful!

A stacked cord of wood is somehow almost a thing of artistic beauty.  There is certainly a wonderful feeling of accomplishment  when you turn to look at the product of your labor one last time before going indoors.  And, oh the joy of a wood fire on a cold winters' night.  I love the inviting curl of smoke from the chimney, the scent of wood smoke in the air outside.

There's something so deep-down satisfying about stretching out in front of a fully stoked wood-burning stove on a long, dark, wind-swept winter's evening.
Wood heat, besides being such a readily available low-technology source of energy, is just plain enjoyable!


  1. Hiya!

    Came by way of Aubrey's blog, wanted to introduce myself and browse your blog. Any follower/friend of Aubrey's is definately someone I am interested in meeting.

    I miss heating with wood! As a child, my family made a weekend trip going out, cutting trees, cutting into logs. The next week or two would be spent cutting wood into smaller pieces for the wood burning stove and fire places and stacking it. We always saved the trimming, bark and other bits in a "fire" can to use as starter.

    These days, I have a small fire place more for show than heat source. I do make home made fires out of smaller, much smaller logs, pine cones, pine needles and branches.

    Nice...but not the same. Glad to have found your blog. Will visit again.

  2. Hey girl! What handsome, strong lumberjacks you have! ;) I'm REALLY gonna miss my fireplace this winter! Oh well, at least I get to enjoy a white winter this year! xo

  3. I love your blog. You guys always look like you're just really enjoying life!!!! Come see us next time you visits sean and joli.

  4. I just re-discovered your blog! Beautiful. We also heat our house with wood, and I follow your sentiments exactly. Would love to catch up in person, but this sure is nice when that doesn't happen.


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