I’m back!

Figuring out how to keep a steady stream of firewood moving from the woodpile to the woodstove, with a little help from my friends!

Hauling in firewood.

Pals Pam, Robin, Geoffrey and Nadia came over on a beautiful November afternoon and split about 2-3 cords of wood for me. The wood had been delivered, 3 years ago, already split, but still too heavy for me to pick up now that I’m in a wheelchair.

Wood splitting team!

The splitter itself is a much smaller machine than I thought it would be and runs on gas. I rented it from Saugeen Sales and Rentals in Durham (Ontario) for $60 per day. Geoffrey picked it up because he has a trailer hitch on his car. It was super easy to use and at one point I controlled the lever which just pushes the blade back and forth, whiile everyone else fed wood into it, or stacked. Wood is placed at either end of the blade action so you split one way then the other. We were done in 2 hours!

The Splitter.


End of April Snowstorm

Snow April 24/12

We can always expect crazy weather in April and here it is, half a foot of snow. Everything is in leaf, the rhubarb is up 6 inches, tulips starting to open. Tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to +10 but I kind of dread seeing the yard after it melts.


Last of the carrots

A nice surprise when I dug the garden. The carrots never really got thinned and pretty much got lost under the tomatoes and arugula.


Thanksgiving Day canoe & swim

Hard to believe but it was so warm on Thanksgiving Day (October 10) that my friend Pam stripped down and went swimming in the lake we canoed into. About 45 minutes in there are some docks that people have built and anchored just off shore. We tied up and took in the sun. Glorious. Happy.

Canoe at dock

Pam swimming in Bell's Lake October 10

Kim in canoe on Bell's Lake


Autumn

This fall has been super beautiful, and pretty warm. I have the wood stove going today but really it’s almost the first time. Last weekend, Thanksgiving was an amazing time. Thanksgiving dinner was at friend Tony’s with other good friends and we ate outside, at the edge of the yard, next to the field.

Sarah and Sabina made delicious apple and pumpkin pies.

Over the course of dinner, the colour in the air reddened as the sun set. You see how contented we all look after all that turkey and pie!

And then the moon came out… bon fire time.