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January 2014 – Lots of rain but Warm!

January 29, 2014 by Gilli in News

January 2014 has been very wet so far after a beautiful December. However, it has been dry since Monday, today is Wednesday and quite warm, 9 – 10dc during the afternoon. This has been a good opportunity to clear up the mess after we had to have a third of a huge ash tree felled. The tree had formed 3 large major trunks, the lowest of which was reaching out over the prairie. This was fine for many years however this branch had become so long and so heavy that it had begun to crack off close to the main stem. Also we had become aware that it was started to lift the rootball which would have demolished our hay barn. Chris, our woodsman, did the felling and we are harvesting the wood for firewood for the stove next winter. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is wasted here if we can avoid it. Also pleased to say that according to the weather forecast, although the weather is likely to remain fairly variable over the next 10 days, no frost is forecast & it is getting slightly warmer.

View of the tree showing the remaining 2 trunks

View of the tree showing the remaining 2 trunks

Mike stacking cut & split logs

Mike stacking cut & split logs

Me dragging waste branches up to be cut & stored to light the fire.

Me dragging waste branches up to be cut & stored to light the fire.