Saturday, 19 January 2013

Wood ...

Temperatures are quite good at the moment ...

Sunny days if at times a touch windy. The winds are from the south, were it not for the snow over on the mountains on Evia, it would be quite warm, We have had three successive days of this type of weather. often becoming quite breezy by the evening.

It was time for another wood delivery, to keep the house warm. I allow one weeks supply as a contingency when I make the call. I keep one eye on the weather, and ensure the nest few days are dry. The last thing you want is a wood delivery that is wet ...

So the wood arrived and without doubt this time its the best delivery of the winter. 90% split logs. Easy to stack, cut to the right size and all dry wood. It also showed the best use of a hatchback car that I have ever seen, quite how the woodman, ever gets the car clean again - I can only wonder.

Olive wood really is a beautiful work of art, the rings have a lovely colour, and freshly cut it has a lovely aroma, from the oils within the wood. Once it gets past the 20cm diameter, it seems to open up and becomes an ideal home for ant colonies, scorpions, and other life. So you have to be careful and inspect the logs when they arrive and give them a hearty thump.

I spray all the wood, just in case we get an uninvited guest - or guests. This visit we had a rather large spider, running medium fast across the wall. I captured him/her safely, and was returned to freedom in some bushes nearby.

Plenty of kindling in store, after a pallet was dumped nearby. Out with the jigsaw and reduced to firewood of 30cm lengths. Split each length with a small axe and before long, I had a couple of boxes of kindling. The heavy supporting timbers from the centre, cut into 10cm lengths - great for getting heat under Olivewood and  starting the fire going on a winter evening.

This delivery as i said looks like a good one, No apparent ant colonies to worry about, Fingers crossed this may be the last delivery that I need this winter. If so then we have done very well indeed - But it all depends on the weather ...


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