Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Firewood is in the Shed, Hip-Hip-Hooray

 

At this time of the year,  trees are felled, cut into rounds, then split, dried, and stacked away in the shed for the next year’s fires. This is the way it should be done, all in good time, not rushed in a single day!!!

 Tree #1

Tree after  cut into rounds

A huge pile of wood framed

Today, Hugh took one almighty shortcut, saving many hours of the work involved.

The tree is in the shed.  do you see that BLUE air above? It fell the wrong way, Hugh ran to safety, we all heard the loudest crash, and  suddenly, the wood is  in the shed, the roof is demolished, as well as part of the back wall.

#3  Tree!!!

There is a huge mess to clean up, some building repairs, and plenty of firewood.

Spring flowers continue to bloom with bright colours, sending hearty cheer to those in  the far north.

A red poppy, pink day lily, dark red Alstromeria, and a very tall foxglove,  which is over  3 metres ( at least 10 feet) tall.

Red  Poppy by the pond

 Day Lily in PInk Foxglove reaching for the sky

Red Alstromeria

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ True friends walk with us in sunshine,

and in the shadows of the tall trees”

Greetings from Jean

20 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

I rather imagine that was an unnecessary short cut. Perhaps he should have taken it through the door. On our hike Saturday, one kid took a similar shortcut down the side of the mountain. Luckily both the kid and your husband made it OK in the end!

Nancy J said...

Julie, your idea is the best. The door was just an opening, would have been so easy!!! But we have to be thankful your one and mine are both OK. You have given me a huge smile at the end of my day. Greetings from Jean.

Susan Heather said...

So glad no-one was hurt - it could have been very nasty.

Must start to think of firewood soon I suppose. At least I don't have to start by cutting a tree down.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, dear! glad no one was hurt - except for the shed!

Jim said...

YIKES! Now THAT is one way to do it!! Glad no one was injured.
Now just look at those flowers! And a 3 metre Foxglove!! Love these!!
have a warm and wonderful day Jean!
Jim from the 'far-north' here!!

Cottage Tails said...

oops

Karen said...

Oh gosh! What a dilemma. Poor Hugh, I am glad he ran to safety! Your flowers are beautiful. Alstromeria are a favourite of mine, but we can only buy them as cut flowers.

Carol Mattingly said...

Tell him to cut and stack next time Jean. No shortcuts. Beautiful flowers.

Michaele said...

Oh my gosh! You two be careful out there!

Nancy J said...

Thank you all for your words, no firewood work today, dentist and Gopro entry to be finalised!!! I had hoped to have all the firewood and the competition entry finished before the end of
November, but I think daily life was in the way. Yes, we will take care. Cheers to all, Jean.

Barb said...

Ouch! Glad Hugh got out of the way safely. I think his head isn't as hard as the shed. Lovely blooms, Jean - enjoy he season.

Nancy J said...

Thanks Barb, the cut went the wrong way, the trunk had a curve, and the tree would only fall the way it was leaning!!! All in a hard day's work I guess. Hope you are safe and warm. p.s. I would like to include you in my GoPro competition entry please. Cheers, Jean.

KB Bear said...

Oh my, I am so glad that Hugh is okay! Your line about "one almighty shortcut" to having wood in the shed made me chuckle!

We've been camping for the past week so I couldn't send my condolences sooner. I read about your friend's funeral in an earlier post from when I was away, and I am so sorry for your loss.

Nancy J said...

Thanks KB, we carry on, with memories galore. The tree, 2 friends visited today, and we looked, laughed, and am so glad it was just the shed that was damaged/demolished/ felled to the ground like the tree!! Greetings from Jean.

Tanya said...

That sounds like a dangerous job. I'm glad your husband was able to move quickly! When you have to you have to!

Hannah said...

I"m glad Hugh escaped. We have had trees blow down in high winds but they didn't hit any buildings. Our little storage building is rusting out, we could use a replacement, perhaps if a tree fell on it...

Nancy J said...

Hi Hannah, I can see you do so like plants, leaves, and super photos of frosty ones. I will add you to my growing list too. and thanks for lovely words, you too Tanya,it should have fallen straight down, but the twisted trunk said otherwise. Raining now, so maybe another day of rest from "wood". At this time I feel we work overtime to be warm next winter!! Greetings to you both, Jean.

Nicky said...

Oh my goodness, I wish now I hadn't seen this, we have a giant bluegum up at the top of the vege garden that needs to come down, and it's not going to be a simple job. I am dreading the day it happens, it's such a dangerous job even when all care is taken...

Nancy J said...

Hi Nicky, that tree is almost done, sawed into rounds, the smaller branches cut for the chip heater, just a HUGE pile of little twigs and stuff!! to burn one day soon. One done, 2 to go. The blue gum and Tasmanian blackwood are not in easy places, so our trusty tree feller Baz will be called on for this. Hope your tree falls where it should. Cheers from Jean.

Here I Am Carrie said...

Oh the perils of falling trees I know all to well. Just the olther day I am pulling on a rope trying to get a tree to fall in the right direction. So glad no one got hurt. Does look like you will have a good supply of wood. I can't even imagine cutting green trees. We have so many die in our forests that everything is cut standing dead. But both our sheds are full this year for the 1st time ever. I guess when I told hubby last fall to quit going for those difficult trees suddenly the production of fire wood increased. They can be so stubborn.