Saturday, October 19, 2013

All set for winter!

Last weekend, our amazing young friend Sam and Jake (who are also twins!) came to help us move all our firewood inside for the winter. I think they moved about eight cords but I'm not sure. This involved using the tractor to ferry bucketloads of wood from the granary to the basement window. One person then tossed all the wood through the window while the other stacked it inside. Gordon, Sam and Jake worked on this for about three hours while I was inside making lasagne for supper!

When it was all done, it was a thing of beauty....


The ramp leads up to the window where the cat door to the outside cage is.


Emily sauntered by to do an inspection.


That wood is three rows deep to the back wall. Amazing! This year, I won't be nagging Gordon to bring in more wood in the middle of January! :)

Those two "boys" are a great help to us!

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  1. Please send the twins.We have four bush cords to split and stack. I'll even make lasagne!
    Jane x

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    1. THey are amazingly hard workers!!

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  2. I'll bet the cats are excited about all the wood fires that are about to come. Cozy, cozy. Those men deserved a good lasagna. :)

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    1. THe cats think the wood is their own personal jungle gym! :)

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  3. I love that ramp and cat door arrangement. How very considerate of you!

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    1. Gordon rigged that up and they really seem to love running up it like little lunatics.

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  4. I love the cat door arrangement. How big is the outside cage? I am assuming none of your cats go to the real outside?

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    1. The cage has different sections and tunnels and is really quite big. They love it! We don't let them out because we have so many cat-eating predators around here. They don't seem to mind being confined to the house and the cat. THere are some pics of the cage here:
      http://knatolee.blogspot.ca/2012/08/kitty-cat-playland.html

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  5. You won't be cold!

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  6. Oh - the sight of that wood makes me cringe. When I was a kid, the house we lived in was a bit of an oddity.The kitchen was an addition, and it wasn't heated by the furnace. The only source of heat was a pot bellied wood stove. So... every October, before he left for moose hunting, Dad would have 10 cords of wood delivered (dumped in the middle of the driveway) and while he was splitting the larger pieces with the axe, it was up to my brother and I to stack it all on the enclosed back porch. It took days - and I hated every minute of it.

    However, when I met Dave, and he first took me to his cottage, he was very impressed by my wood stacking skills.

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    1. Oh poor YOU!!!! I was the wood stacker here until this year, and I must say that it was NOT my favourite activity. Got tennis elbow one year. Poor you, child labour!

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  7. Let's hope you'll not have to use it all:-D

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    1. With the oil back-up, we probably won't!

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  8. Well, THAT'LL keep you warm, if your animals don't!

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  9. Well stacked wood is not only beautiful, it gives you a feeling of security, does't it?

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    1. It does! Once I get my garlic planted and the beehives wrapped, I'll be all set for winter. :)

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  10. That is some very fine stacking. My pile would fall over if it got that high.

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    1. It's a little scary! :)

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  11. Lets hope those naughty cats won't pee on the woods, otherwise you'll have a smelly winter :)

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    1. Ssssh! Don't put ideas in their little kitty heads!

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  12. Aaaahhhh, the smell of wood in the fireplace. We loved it too, back in Nova Scotia. Here in Germany the wood is very expensive, but even so, more and more people want it. Anyhow, looks like you are all set for the winter

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    1. I remember how expensive wood was in NS!! It's a lot cheaper around here. My buddy Eugene cut all that wood and we bought it from him.

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    1. There is definitely a knack to it!

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  14. That is a lot of wood! I get a warm feeling just by looking at it. And you know everything has to pass the cat inspection :)

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    1. If it doesn't pass cat inspection, it just won't do!

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  15. I ... I don't think I've ever seen that much firewood in one place!

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    1. GOrdon just saw real estate ad for a farmhouse around here that claimed you "only" need 25 cords of wood to heat it through the winter. Gaaaack! They obviously have an uninsulated house with only a wood-burning heat source.

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