… even if it’s got warmer [78 Fahrenheit] again today than during the previous days: the wind is from the south again, and that always brings warmer temperatures, of course. But it’s supposed to get colder again: the next two cold fronts are on their way, and behind them a gush of arctic air. Today it’s more like spring, though. But as I said: the next winter [well, what’s called “winter” here in southern Texas] will certainly come, and thus I have started preparing firewood:
This pile of wood should certainly last us for quite a while. Most of it is oak which cousin Margaret had given us after their trees had been “to the hairdesser”. Unfortunately this oak wood is too hard for our logsplitter [foreground right], as that has a maximum pressure of 5 tons “only”, not enough to split those oak logs. I could, of course, do that with the chainsaw, but that would take quite some time and eat up too many chains. I’ll have to find out then if someone around here has a bigger log splitter and would come over and help out. I hope I’ll find someone as I’m really not longing to do that myself with the chain saw and an axe. The winter would be over before i would have enough smaller pieces of wood for a fire. But behind this pile of oak logs there’s more wood and easy to cut stuff at that: mesquite which our friend Mike Saxon gave to us – surplus from his carpenting. And that’s easy to cut, not the least because Mike has already done some of that: it’s mainly boards of different sizes.
The pile of wood [from the walls of our old/former barn] behind the wheelbarrow, btw, is not meant for firewood: it’s too good for that. We don’t know yet what we’re going to do with it, though.
And then there’s even more wood left over from that barn:
All of that, as mentioned before, is left-overs from our old barn. I’ll cut up the boards and beams to the left and use that for firewood. All of it is so dry that it burns very nicely. And it’s easily cut. But the railway ties and the big posts to the right are too valuable to be cut up for firewood. We’d rather use them to repair the fences [how urgent that would be can easily be seen from the fence showing up behind this pile], if I can find someone to help me with that project. The ties are definitely way too heavy for me to handle them alone. But Mary – and me, too, for that matter – would really like to have the fences look like they did during her childhood. That would be very much in character with the property, we think. And we could really use those ties. But that’s a major projekt.
Talking of fences made from railroad ties: that’s to be found quite frequently in the US. Mary’s father, btw, acquired these railroad ties in an exchange deal. When, in the 1930s I believe, the railroad line here behind our present [and, at that time across their] property was shut down and the tracks were dismantled, he made a deal with the workers: they were allowed to hunt on his property and he got the railroad ties in exchange.
Anyway: we have enough firewood for the next winter, to be sure, and very likely for the one after that, too. And I certainly have enough work. ;) Work which my back doesn’t really like any more. He always lets me now! But that’s as it is.
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