The winter here in the UK has been mild in comparison to previous years, so we have been burning less wood in our wood burner, but supplies have been running low. We spent most of Saturday in the woods beside the big house, sawing down dead trees and cutting them to size, ready to stack into the rather empty looking wood shed. Steve did all the chainsawing and I loaded up the wheelbarrow and carted it back to the wood shed near our cottage. I lost count of how many wheelbarrow trips I made….maybe eight or ten, or eleven…don’t know . Whatever it was, I can tell you my arms were feeling the pain at the end of the day! Steve’s arms were aching too!
We worked like machines that Saturday, stopping only briefly for soup and a bread roll at lunchtime, then back out we went, finishing up around 3pm. It was hard going, but we were extremely satisfied with all the efforts to finally have a wood shed well stocked once again.
Steve has used any spare time he can manage to saw and chop wood for our winter wood supply and it is now looking very impressive! What a brilliant job he’s doing to keep our wood burner running. The wood is a mixture of Silver Burch, Laurel, Pine, Cedar, Holly and Oak, all collected from one of the woodlands at the side of the estate we live on.
There is also and endless amount of kindling, including wonderful large pine cones which ignite beautifully when dried out. We are trying to be more organised than we were last year and to put the hard work in now before it becomes extremely cold and wet is the way to go. The chainsaw is doing wonders. Thank you Steve for keeping your Australian wife warm!
Indi and Jester are leaving the big house to spend two weeks on the coast with their owners. They’ll have a lovely time swimming and playing with other dogs! Indi loves the sea but I’m not sure Jester is a big fan yet….he’ll have a wonderful time in any case. I’ll miss them terribly but will be pleased with some extra time on my hands!
Indi, the older of the two Labradors I look after, is still pretty impressive for his nine or so years on this earth. He can still haul his body over the odd fence on this big estate we live on and he keeps himself very trim with a number of sports he takes part in.
He is one of the best gun dogs around who also has a great love of tennis which heis not supposed to play! He’s a great swimmer and especially loves to swim in the river and streams down in the woods and water meadows. You will often see him taking a dip in the large swimmingpool during the summer months on the estate and always leaves the pool in a gentlemanly manner! unlike his mate Jester who bounds out of the water as quick as he can, shaking himself off carelessly.
Indi also is a great wrestler and usually wins his daily bouts with the young Jester. Jester occassionally squeels like a baby when things get too rough but loves the game all the same.
The two dogs have a great life here in Hampshire and are lucky to have each other’s company. Steve and I are just back from taking them for a walk in the woods this morning and as I peeked through the door to the dogs room just a while ago, the two of them were sleeping like babies. We’ll take them out for a run this afternoon through the fields while we check on the sheep, so they’ll have another lovely day of exercise. Happy, healthy dogs!