Preparing for winter: logs

We know when it’s time to think about sorting out the logs for winter: when I get up in the morning and decide I need to wear socks rather than flip-flops. We have reached that point now. So we choose our day with care, sunny but not too hot, with a light breeze, and we get going straight after breakfast. half-empty log pile on car park 9-10-13Our logs are sorted into three piles. The newly cut wood, which can be a mixture of whatever dead trees need lopping down on our land – oak, olive, walnut, poplar, almond – needs to sit outside for a year and dry out. So the newest logs are stacked on the biggest pile at the bottom of the drive. When they are seasoned and ready for burning, we move them down the steps to a covered store by the source of our spring. It is sheltered here, cold but dry, and within easy reach of the house. From here, we top up our daily-use log pile by the front door. We’ve developed this system after a few chilly winters so we always have a stack of ready-to-use logs within easy reach. Large logs on the right, thinner logs on the left: that may sound a bit pedantic but when you stick your head out of the door on a freezing January day, you want to grab the right logs quickly! log pile by fire cupboard to stack 9-10-13We are lucky enough to generate enough dead trees in our fields, eliminating the need to buy logs. Pablo, who cuts down the trees for us with his frightening chainsaw, shakes his head at olive wood which he says smokes too much to burn. We have a log burner, so that doesn’t worry us too much. Plus the logs are free. logs in wheelbarrow1 9-10-13Log-moving involves the wheelbarrow, tough gardening gloves, and copious cups of coffee. But afterwards there is a great sense of achievement, a feeling of security too. I guess that comes from the knowledge that we won’t be cold this winter. Perhaps this is how small mammals feel as they store away their nuts. neat log pile by front door 9-10-13
5 to remember
los calcetines – the socks
las chanclas – flip-flops/thong sandals
no hace demasiado calor – not too hot
pedante – pedantic
la motosierra – chainsaw

5 thoughts on “Preparing for winter: logs

  1. EllaDee

    You have a good system, and it’s wonderful that you can harvest the dead wood.
    We have a woodfire at our house in the country but rely on a friend you has a permit to deliver wood to us. It gives us a nice feeling of comfort to get a fresh ute load. We separate too according to age and size, and also keep a mixed wheelbarrow load undercover conveniently near the house. Fire may have been one of man’s first inventions but it never goes out of style keeping us warm 🙂



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