We got ourselves a workhorse.
2 Years ago we had our back bush logged, when the lumberjack asked us if we’d like the treetops left behind to chop up and sell for firewood, we agreed.
We really had no idea what we were agreeing to. It’ll be a crazy amount of work to clean up what was left behind. What used to be a bush with several natural pathways and clearings, became a congested mess after the skidder went through and left many a log in it’s place.
So, for 2 years we’ve been dreaming up what the clean up would look like, and we’re finally there. The lumberjack said there was a pretty penny worth of firewood back there, and if we leave it any longer it won’t be worth much, as it would just rot away. Right now, he said it’ll be perfectly dry and well seasoned…so it’s time.
It changes our weekends for the next while as we now have a mighty big project on our hands.
The Hubs was at work the other day and just happened to find out that a farmer was selling his ATV at the right price. We’d talked about enough for him to know if he found a steal of a deal, that he should just go for it. And that he did. We picked it up that same night.
As you can well imagine, the kids have been beyond excited to buzz around the yard with Dad. I, too, have been doing my fair share of checking the crops and lanes *cough*.
Interestingly enough, the week before we had gone to a local store to check prices on their used equipment, and that very day they happened to be offering a safety course for kids on ATV’s. We went ahead and signed the kids up and they each got a crash course on the ins and outs of driving an ATV and what safety precautions should be used. Perfect-o.
Yesterday, was the day we began what we actually intended for this beast. The making of firewood.
The entrance of the forest is grown in and we had to make our own pathway through. There was some long grass to tromp through, so I was sure everyone tucked their pants into their socks and we all wore long sleeves. The mosquitoes were awful by the entrance, but once we got in, there were few, yippee!! And then the shavings began to fly! We were officially making firewood, oh how good it felt!!
The forest is such a beautiful space, even in the midst of the fallen trees and bugs, I get a great sense of peace. I’m determined to make a space that I can easily sneak back to, to have quiet time with God. That would totally beat being in the corner of my walk in closet!!!