Every Spring one of my main tasks is to cut and split enough firewood to get us through the next winter. During last winter, which was a cold one, we went through an unexpected huge amount of firewood, so I thought I should get a bit extra for this winter. Not only did I go out and cut up some of the blown down tree on some old logged out areas, but I also took advantage of the offer of a couple of people who had taken down trees and wanted to get rid of them.
Once I got my firewood split and stacked, I could see that I had plenty of wood (photo above), so I ticked that chore off of my list and forgot about it. Then a couple of days ago our dog started barking and Joan told me someone had pulled into the driveway. I went out to check and it was a neighbor, Gary Moore.
Years ago I had given Gary my old beat up green 3/4 ton GMC truck that was sitting unused in the pasture. He said he would bring me some firewood for the gift. The promised firewood didn’t come for a couple of years, so I figured he had forgotten, which was no big deal because the truck was a gift anyway. Then one day he appeared with a truckload of firewood and so I considered the bargain fulfilled.
The other day when he appeared in the driveway, he had another truckload of wood in my old GMC, to give me. It was a very generous and unexpected gesture. He helped me unload it and drove off. Beside splitting all this new wood, I had another problem--where was I going to put all this additional wood since all my normal firewood stacking places were already full.
I split it and started stacking it along a fence by the paddock (photo below). I really should have enough firewood now!
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