Thursday, July 10, 2014

Winter Warming

For the past couple of years we have gone out to the state forest to cut firewood for the winter.
You pay for a permit to get a certain amount.

We headed out to the Hampton area this year, it is a great drive. You can only cut fallen timber, if its still standing its off limits. The above picture was a pine plantation that has been clear felled, all that is left is native forest.

We only take fallen natives, usually gum, yellow box or any other hard wood. Sometimes we will take a couple of rounds of pine and split it for kindling.

You must always layer up in the clothing department cause its very cold & windy out there in winter.
It's always a great day out, i pack a big lunch and a couple of thermoses for the coffee and tea.
Cut wood, have lunch, cut more wood till the trailer is full and then a scenic drive home.
We have a system, Dad drives, Andrew cuts and i load.

On the way home we always stop at the Hartley Roadhouse as there are stalls in the car park on the weekends, we get our Honey, Apples and sometimes eggs when my girls refuse to lay. The apples we buy are seconds, i dry them out and make pies but more on that another day.


Anonymous said...

I didn't know you could have a permit to take fallen wood, that is very economical. Funny, we drove past that state forest yesterday on our day trip and went through Hartley. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :) Teresa

Chris said...

That's a sensible strategy if you need firewood for heating. Saves having to grow it on your own land. Stay warm! It's starting to get chilly now.

Leigh said...

Hi Nicole, I wanted to return the blog visit and thank you for taking time to comment on mine. I started reading through your posts and had to comment here. Offering permits to gather firewood is a wonderful idea. Wish they would do something like that here.

Love the placemat you made for your nephew and the Tim Tam cake looks scrumptious!