Free firewood thanks to storm Angus

In the storm on Monday night a tree outside our field blew down.  It was only last night the farmer told me about it as I hadn’t been over there in the light on Tuesday.  He said it was a large one and asked if we wanted the wood for our log burners.  We jumped at the chance so this morning before we left for work, I dashed over with my old phone to get a couple of photos.  He said it was big but I didn’t realise how big.  It’s massive!  We’ll have our work cut out on this one.  The chainsaw won’t fit through its width, so it will have to be chopped from each side.  Just think how much wood we will get from it which is free heating for winters to come.  The chopped up wood can stay in the wood store and season until we’re ready to use it.  Combined with the wood we’re going to have from trees we’re taking down next year (and will replace with fruit etc trees elsewhere), we’ll have enough wood for the next few winters easily.  That’s a great feeling, as even if the price of oil rockets, we’ll still be warm.  Our boiler can run the water off the electricity instead of the oil if needed, so we’re covered for hot water and heat.

Grace included for sizing

It was just getting light as I took this, so not a great photo but you can make the length and girth of it

The fact the tree has fell so close to our buildings and animals however is a bit worrying, so we will be sure to check what other things could fall or break and injure something or someone in the event of another storm.

When we get round to chopping this up, I’ll do a blog post on it as I think it’ll be a full weekend’s work!

Central heating

Our sources of heat for the house come from the Aga which is oil fired, the stoves which are multi fuel (coal and wood) and our central heating. We haven’t had this on yet. Well I tell a lie, we put it on and then felt far too hot and sweaty when we came in from doing the daily jobs. We aren’t a family who sit down when we get home from a days work or school,  we get out and do ‘jobs’, have a warming hearty meal and then take a hot shower after locking up. We rarely sit down before 8pm and find that this keeps us warm for free, so to speak. The stoves have been on, mostly on weekends when we do make time to sit and relax together but we certainly aren’t needing them daily just yet and as for the heating, I think November will be well and truly here before that word is uttered again.
I must say however that I won’t be scrimping when it is needed. I am a strong believer that a family needs good food in their tummies and warmth round their bodies. Sometimes that’s putting a jumper on and sometimes that’s having the heating on all day. You can’t be happy and healthy if you’re cold and hungry. In my opinion anyway :-). I’ll keep you posted as to when we feel the nip and put it on. It’s good for me to have it as a record too I think. After all, we’ve only been here 10 months. We don’t have last year for comparison just yet.