One of the busy bee activities going on around here is the harvesting of firewood from the hills on the farm. I’ve started up this mission a bit late, really, so we’re targeting dead trees. Last night, I was up on the far upper pasture with my hired men.
Dogs were up there helping, you know.
After each dead tree was brought down, it was dragged by the tractor to a clearing where there is a gas well.
Then cut up.
Loaded in the bed of Ross’s old F150.
That there is a lot of wood!
I loved seeing the pickup fill with firewood for this winter.
Then the wood came back down closer to the house.
I didn’t help much more than the dogs. Okay, I helped exactly as much as the dogs.
All the wood was unloaded from the pickup, off to the side where it can be handy to take for the next step–splitting.
There are already several more trees cut, waiting to be hauled down. I don’t heat with wood all the time. It’s a backup source. But I found last year, when my furnace went out twice, that I needed more wood than I had planned. This year, I’m going to make sure I have what I will need in case of the sort of repeat heat emergencies I had last year. I’m also going to be installing a second gas heater in the house that will run without electricity at all, which is another backup to the furnace.
It’s hard to believe it’s already September and I don’t even want to think about winter, but after last year’s bad winter, whether I want to think about winter yet or not, it’s past time and I’m thinking about it!