Now that winter is over, and most of the dry wood has been burnt in our wood stove, its time to start preparing for NEXT winter. It takes time to dry out wood, and it dries out quickest when its split up ready for the stove. We try to collect our wood in the most energy efficient way we can. Wood is collected and cut up into 'ute' lengths using our petrol chainsaw, and brought home. This wood is then cut up into firewood lengths using our electric chainsaw (using our own solar power - so not a job for gloomy weather). Its then split up and stacked to dry. 'Wood' days are a whole family event, and we all get in and do it together, the kids helping with carrying the wood to the stack.
There is something satisfying about cutting, splitting and stacking firewood. You can see your hard work! Its also a good feeling, knowing that there is already some wood ready for winter!
I have been working on a new vegie garden, where I planted about 100 seed potatoes and have prepared beds for the summer vegetables. The fence NEEDS to keep out our furry and feathered creatures. Wire mesh is quite expensive, so we decided to make a fence using Silver Wattle saplings that have had to be cleared off our drive way etc. Here is my version of a 'wattle' fence!
We have had good winter rain this year, and with some nice weather the grass has really started to grow! Time to get the scythes out and start cutting! Its also a time to prepare for summer, tidying up ready for the fire season.
We are also making preparations to start building our house! Things have moved along (fairly slowly mostly), and we are almost ready to start. There will be lots of posts of the building process on the blog, once we actually start. Its quite exciting!