|Shoes from Cotton Traders – originally £22, but I used a 20% off and free delivery code to get them for £17.60|
Hello Dear Readers,
One of you asked yesterday why it took two of us to lift one log onto the log splitter, well, the answer is in the close up photo above of one log! It’s freshly cut Beech and is from a forty year old tree that blocked most of our view and all of our light after 10 am in the morning. It had to go and now we’re chopping it into logs to store to burn next year.
Here’s the finished results and a mere fraction of the entire wood pile we worked our way through yesterday. Working with your own wood involved short journeys from one pile to another. This current pile, left exposed to the sun light and wind, will lose a lot of moisture in just a few week. We cover it in tarpaulines when it rains and then uncover when it’s dry. We’ll need to build another wood shed near to the house to store it in but as the garden is on a slope, we’ll have to carry the wood up, one basket at a time. It can stay where it is for a while. Dearly Beloved, who I can honestly say seems very happy to chop all of this wood, is also making sure I have enough kindling to light the fire for the week as I always try to get home before he does so I can get his supper ready.
Our solar battery charger is from Amazon (about £15…we’ve had it a while but only recently started using it) and we bought it with gift vouchers from my brief survey stint (not enough reward for the time as far as I’m concerned) and the re-chargeable batteries can be bought anywhere.
We have a battery powered lantern from a car boot sale, I suppose it was originally bought for camping and we paid a few pounds for it. We mainly use it in the shed. We’ve brought it in recently and used it in the house as we’ve run it on batteries charged by the sun. We are doing everything we can to give as little money to the N Power as we possibly can. It seems to work and we have no complaints.
I’ll finish with my wood powered ‘tumble drier’ – three racks of washing drying around the wood burner. It was outside until mid day, the sun hadn’t shown up and there’s little breeze, so I’ve lit the fire and ranged the clothes around it to dry. Again, sticking it to N Power!
Love Froogs xx