About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Friday, 26 August 2011

Wood- Warm and Cosy this wintertime..

Two Rows in the barn.

 Well, its that time of year again, the big race is on to collect, cut, split and stack enough dry wood to see us and hopefully cottage guests through the winter. We've worked hard over the summer, to collect plenty, and Rick has spent a vast part of his days lately cutting and splitting the dry stuff, Ive been dillegently doing my part by stacking it all neatly in the barn. We now have two rows, right across the barn stacked to head height. With a pile ready for stacking that should make another row... and Rick is busy splitting a pile outside the barn that hopefully will be another row... Four... isnt enough. but we have lots of scrap scattered around the place yet to collect, tons of pine braches, but they are right down the bottom on the orchard... anyone who has been to our place knows how steep the road between our house and that orchard is.... but, if I want to be warm and cosy this winter, it has to be done. Not only does it keep us warm but cooks our food and dries the washing too...Its a vital part of what we do here... but such hard work... I just keep thinking of how lovely and warm we will be this winter... and all for free....

Two rows in the barn and more to stack
Rick working Hard