Central Plateau, North Island

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

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Tall, The Magnificent, and The Large!!!

 

There are still many tall trees left, growing for another year, till they too get felled for firewood.

from a distance, a huge pile of firewood

The pile of firewood is heartening, we had wonderful help from Norman and Ann this week, and it is all cut, split and heaved  onto that huge pile. I hope the sheds will be full when it is stored away after drying over the summer. Normal size is in the large heap, smaller pieces for the hot water chip heater surround a pine tree.

Firewood for  2016

Now, the log cabin blocks that I am sewing, along with Allie,

at  allie- oopssweethappylife, well, I have managed to fit in one block this week. I started with a 3.5 inch centre square, and used 2.5 inch logs. Well, it grew and grew, and ended up a mighty 17.5 inch block!! Not what I wanted, I had planned for 12.5 inch, then to be sewn to finish at  12 inches. This will be an outcast in the final.  I had  hoped to do each block in shades of the same colour, but can see that 2 logs do not have enough contrast.Never  mind, it will be the start of a huge bag!!!

The Huge Log Cabin block

Well, it is Saturday, tomorrow our All Blacks will play against France in the Rugby World Cup. Go, those boys in Black. We will cheer you on from home.

Quotation of the day. from Kahlil Gibran

“ Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky”

Greetings from Jean

23 comments:

Out To Pasture said...

Ah yes, I can imagine the crackling sound of that firewood now, as it keeps you warm on winter nights.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I know you feel great having all of that firewood for next winter.

I think your block is lovely, I just love those colors.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, you do have a huge pile of wood there. I love your pretty block, it will be a lovely bag. Love the quote, enjoy your weekend!

Carol Mattingly said...

I love the quilt pattern even if it isn't the contrast you had hoped for. Teals and blues and greens. Carol

TexWisGirl said...

could almost smell the fresh-cut wood from texas. :)

Barbara Lilian said...

Seeing piles of logs for your next winter, made me smile, as our cold evenings are now with us and the wood burner is giving a cosy feeling, needed for my husband as he's watching the 'All Blacks' match against France, he was cheering France on, but oh dear, .... Well done the 'All Blacks'. Your cabin block patch work is certainly growing. Years ago I joined a patchwork group, but nothing ever seemed to get finished, but I did enjoy the company in our group.

Barb said...

Hi Jean, i have a fire going in rhe great room on this chilly day. It's clouding up and I hope for rain because we're very dry. Looks like you'll have quite the stacking job come fall. I like seeing your quilt progress.

Mystic Quilter said...

What a stunning result this morning from our All Blacks!! Edge of seat viewing.
You have a huge firewood stack there Jean and I love the blues in your batik log cabin.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

That wood pile well provide much welcome heat while you work on quilts.

Susan Heather said...

and we won!!!!!!!

Leeanne said...

Look at all that glorious fire wood! Making log cabin blocks fits the theme!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Wow that's some pile, Jean, how wonderful!!! And your block is just gorgeous, it will make an awesome bag, although big blocks will make your quilt go faster, lol....just love this in batiks, my dear!

What Karen Sees said...

Love the colors in your quilt block. We spent our 18 months in NZ during the time the Rugby World Cup was held there. What a great time. We attended several rugby league games, (not the All blacks), and of course had no idea what was going on! But we were caught up in the excitement of it all!!

KB Bear said...

Darn, I wish that ship would be willing to transport wood for a lower cost ;)

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wow. You are hard workers!
I have yet to light a fire. I just haven't gotten going on it yet. The days have been good and until the last few warmed up after cold nights. The last -4 C. was a cold one.
Big election tonight, as well as a ball game. Gonna be a marathon!

Jim said...

Love that Gibran quote!
How nice to have your own trees near to supply you with heat next winter, Jean.
Getting chilly here and we had a bit of frost last night.....and the cycle continues....

Hannah said...

I so admire you and Hugh's industry in getting the trees felled with help and all the work it must be drying, stacking, then hauling wood in every day to burn in the winter. It's great that you are enjoying spring now, and enjoying your quilting as well. Perhaps someday I will get my mind wrapped around making quilt squares, it looks like such fun.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such a lovely block! I love the color! So good to have wood stored and ready for those wonderful cozy fires!

Fundy Blue said...

Hi Jean! It must be lovely to harvest your own firewood! A wood fire gives off such bone-warming heat. Terry and I have a gas fireplace which is very convenient; no muss, no fuss. We have it on for the first time today, because it is rainy and chilly outside. I get my wood fires when I go home to Nova Scotia.

The log cabin pattern is a beautiful one, but I agree that it would be better with more contrast. I'm liv ing my quilting dreams vicariously through you.

Love that Kahlil Gibran quote!

Inger said...

That's a great wood pile, Nancy. The remaining trees are gorgeous too.

bj said...

What a magnificent pile of wood...many a good fire on cold nights...O,, I love WINTER...fires, hot chocolate, scarves, gloves...just LOVE it.

Janet said...

Maybe a reject but still very pretty! Wonderful firewood pile. We have no heat in our home right now except for a little electric heater. We do have two wood stoves but our insurance won't let us use them. Crazy in this land of trees that I live in!!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Our wood stove is blazing away as I write this. We use about 5 face cords of wood each winter.
I love the teal blues in your block. Thanks for that lovely quote too.