Amidst other things, like listening to me go on and on about the beaver problem at the camp, Wendy managed to split about 6 boxes of kindling.
There is nothing more important than a good supply of kindling, especially when you depend on wood for your cottage heat.
Without something to start it with, there is not much point to having a lot of firewood. Which of course we do this year because of the thinning and cleaning I have been doing in our spare woodlot this year.
I have all that wood cut and split now, so she made some of it into kindling, while I stacked a good supply of last year’s dry wood on the veranda for easy access throughout the winter.
Our deck has a roof over it, and I will be closing it in with plastic and plywood before the snow flies, so the wood will be dry and protected from the elements. The rest of the wood I piled and stacked and then covered the top with a tarp to keep the rain and snow off and help it to dry.
I didn’t completely cover it because I want the air to blow through too, which will help to dry it. It will be fine by the time we burn it next fall, perhaps not as dry as some like, but dry enough for us.
Properly stacked and covered from the worst of the elements, wood dries quite quickly if it gets some sun and wind, and it’s split pretty small.
I split a log usually 4 times, so it’s not too big, and just save some of the bigger clunkers for overnight burning.
The rest is split for quick flash fires that are needed when we first arrive in the cooler weather, and when we come back from a cold day after some spring trout fishing on the lake….talk about cold…that is colder than snowmobiling some days.
I forgot my camera this weekend, much to my dismay, the beaver tree pics in the last post were taken with a friend’s camera, but here is a fairly recent picture of my lovely wife cutting some much needed kindling for the fire….she is the best kindling splitter I know and the prettiest.
We also had a wonderful afternoon cruising the lake in our neighbor’s pontoon boat, we toured the lake catching the autumn colors, which were quite lovely, red, yellow, orange…albeit a little muted this year.
I’m not sure why, but I noticed the leaves, although certainly lots of yellows and reds etc, were not as bright and vibrant as some years. I have no explanation for that, unless perhaps we were a week late. Of course, this would be the weekend that I arrive at the cottage with the camera battery charger and no camera.
I always feel a little guilty at Thanksgiving, mainly because I tend to want to be at the cottage for the three days off, which usually means no family Thanksgiving supper.
This was no exception, but….well I guess the rest of the family is used to me, qiven my penchant for going to the camp no matter what. Sorry gang, maybe we can get together for the American Thanksgiving. I should be home, unless the weather is really good…..
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