Central Plateau, North Island

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

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Working Week that Was


The days slip by so fast, between housework ( minimum hours and wage), shopping ( necessary food, petrol, and library books), cooking meals (totally necessary with high carbs for working man and woman), and the firewood that goes on and on.

A few snippets from our place.

Daffodils from along the fence line.

Daffodils in a crystal vase








Tree #1 waiting for the chop.

This tree is first in the queue

Oops, this wasn’t the plan, tree #1 fell slightly to the left, maybe 2 inches., but enough to knock this one right out of the ground and down into the stream, over the steep bank. And over the chain-saw sounds, I thought I heard some words that will not be repeated here!!! This photo was taken after the trunk was sawed off from the huge root system that pulled right out of the ground.


tree over the bank #2


Here it is after being cut into smaller lengths,but one huge log is still there, right along the bank edge.

tree in the stream #4

This log against the bank is the one Mike hauled up with the huge machine. Have the expert do what looks impossible, and all is well right here at our place.

the log in the stream

Mike arrived early yesterday, and this huge machine did the work so easily, thanks Mike, a man who knows how to lift those logs up and out of the stream below.

The yellow monster arrives

The first log was taken with video, that will be here another day. Lots of turning, getting in just the right place, and soon the excitement was all over for one day.

in place for log#2
This is the huge trunk that was lifted up by the “ Yellow Monster”, ready for some more work.

Log #2 up the top

firewood rounds

And now it is Thursday, life is good, days are warm, frosts are few, and sunshine arrives so much earlier.My video skills have really been put to the test, as I took a lot in portrait view, and those dreaded black bars are at the sides. I’ve tried so many ways to edit them out, so any help, suggestions, or editing skills you can  suggest will be so happily appreciated.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Life needs good days for happiness, and an occasional bad day for experience.”

Greetings from Jean


TexWisGirl said...

good save on the extra, unexpected downed tree! yikes!

Michaele said...

It must feel so good to have this experience be a happy ending. I keep wondering if this is something you do every year or do you get multiple years worth? Yea for carbs!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Great post! I can just imagine the unrepeatable words. :-)

Looking forward to seeing the video.

Enjoy the rest of your week ~ FlowerLady

Our photos said...

A lot of excitement for one day, insn't it ?

camp and cottage living said...

How blessed you are to have Mike around to help!
Yes, I know how those words can slip when something so exasperating happens!!

Jim said...

BUSY BUSY BUSY!! As my grandmother would often say :' No rest for the wicked!' lol
Those daffs are beautiful, Jean. And your photo/journal of the retrieval of the trunk and logs was very well done!

Georgia said...

I wondered where the early morning sun had gone! It's down there visiting with you. Enjoy your spring time. I'm looking forward to cooler weather here. Looks like great progress with the firewood. Keep well. G

KB Bear said...

You and Hugh are very industrious - you'll have lots of wood for next year!

I'm afraid that my internet is presently too slow to watch videos. Darn.

The Runner does all of our tree cutting. After he had a few "incidents" with unrepeatable words, he starting using a winch attached to another tree to pull the tree he was cutting so it fell in the right spot. Far fewer bad words now!

The daffodils are beautiful.

Barb said...

I like seeing what's happening at your house, Jean! Glad Hugh wasn't in the way of that tree!

Julie Fukuda said...

No one could imagine the drama that comes with firewood.
Enjoy that lovely spring and the end of all that hard work.

Leeanne said...

No dull moment at your place.

Hannah said...

Falling trees seem to always be aware of Murphy's Law, and take advantage. I'm glad you had the means to remedy the situation. We had a number of trees blow down in a windstorm before, it was quite a job just to clean up all the branches, we had enough logs to fill a log truck. Disposing of the roots and stumps can be quite a job too!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You are working so hard! I'm happy I stacked our bought wood. That was enough bruises for me!

Inger said...

I can see you need that yellow monster for those huge trees. It's so interesting to read about your spring as we head into fall here. It can't come too soon for me.