Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Fortunately I'm not a punny feller, because if I was I'd have to make a corny wood cutter joke about finally getting a nice piece of ash on New Years: Picked up a box of kid's chalk for 99 cents at Target -- works MUCH better then a carpenter's crayon, but you have to be careful to hold it low less it breaks. And working my way down the trunk. Cut the tree down a couple years ago and I've slowly been working my way down. I don't like working on hillsides but not much choice with this one. Awkard to stand on, made worse that there was a line of stones crossing this elevation (not sure if it's just the tip of a ledge or an ancient stone wall). No easy + safe way to roll this puppy either, so I use the wedges to keep it from pinching and try not to let the tip of the bar hit dirt as I finish the cut. I believe the official load count is at 14-3/4. ======================= Hmmm...just realized I'm behind on the blog :) Thanksgiving weekend I modified a cart so I can store my saws neatly but roll them out of the way in the garage. There's an old tractor battery to counterweight it: 12/10: Hauled some logs up from further down the hill. I cut these to 8' and they were relatively small diameter so they were very easy to pull: For these smaller, lighter logs having a grab hook shackled to my hitch worked out well. I don't have enough chain for the whole length, but between the tow strap then the chain to adjust the length it worked well: Looks like a lot of wood! ...err, maybe not :( That's ALL off the wood in previous photo blocked up and loaded in my truck! The main woodpile as of 12/10: And the same day I rototilled the garden! Holy Hell, it's December 10th and I'm rototilling! Ground should have frost in it by now! It did start to consistently drop into the 20s at night starting that evening: On the 11th I saw one of the strangest things I've ever seen. Had a huge flock of black birds up on the very top of the hill (Prince Hill & Gorman Road) when I was out cutting firewood. Even heard them come down flying towards where I was working before they turned and went towards the town park. The next day I had a Alfred Hitchcock seen as they descended on my hillside -- picture doesn't do it justice, they covered the entire slope you could see from the house. Spent about 90 seconds just tearing it up. Acorns? Worms under the leaves? I don't know! About an hour later I went out again and there were a bunch of chickadees, blue jays, and robins gleaning the area. And even a couple woodpeckers up on the trees!

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