Work it baby!

 Hello Dear Reader,

I hate the gym and sport and keeping fit! Anything that involved lycra is not for me! I can’t see the point in it. I’ve always thought people who enjoy it must have a lovely life with lots of time on their hands and need something to fill their time. I do exercise though. Today, I stacked away 1.27 metric tonnes of wood. Most of it, was too big, so I chopped it too. Lots of upper body exercise to keep the bingo wings from flapping. Dearly Beloved shared in this workout. Yesterday, the wood was dropped on the drive at the front of the house and he then barrowed it round to the back of the house, down a narrow path and then back up it again with the empty barrow until he’d moved all of it.

It’s still relatively affordable with a tipper truck full for £100! That seems like a lot of money and it is. However, this is pay as you go heating, or pay for it first heating. I can now, for the first time in years, have my home as warm as I really like it and know I can afford it as there won’t be a bill in the new year for gas. I can also dry all my washing and can keep ourselves a lot cleaner and tidier, which makes us feel a whole lot better. I’m still revelling in the luxury of heating of any kind. The last two winters have been extremely hard as we had next to no heating as we didn’t dare run up a gas bill. Now, other than the hob on the cooker, we don’t use any gas at all.

It has also dried my house out, and we seem to have completely eradicated any mould or damp as the fire dries the air too. The chimney is in the middle of the house and warms the stairwell, the bedrooms and the landing. It’s far more efficient than I thought it would be. As for next winter, we’ll be burning our own wood, from the trees we had felled, both this winter and last winter. It will also take us a while to chop up the metre wide logs and then split them even further. Carbon neutral? I’m not sure with the amount of puffing I did whilst stacking the wood. I did enjoy standing back, mug of tea in hand and admiring my handiwork.

Am I alone? Do any of you in blogosphere enjoy manual labour, chopping, stacking and sweaty toil? Do share?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xx

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13 thoughts on “Work it baby!

  1. I go by the saying: She who chops her own wood is warm twice. 🙂

    I love being busy with our woodstove. I love chopping and sawing the wood and I love hauling it indoors to put on the fire.

    So no, you are not alone. Well done on that lovely stack of wood you've got there.

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  2. That was good value for money. We recently had delivered a 1/4 trailer load which I think is around 1 tonne for £120. We used our wheelie bins to move it to the stores (over gravel all the time – phew). Most of it is cut to size, the rest we chopped down as needed. We too dry our clothes on the line then finish off indoors. As we live in a bungalow don't get your benefit of heating upstairs but so far, we haven't had our heating on except for the odd hour or two.

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  3. Not fire to keep me warm here. It's hot all the time. I caved and put the aircond on for a couple of hours last night.

    Tomorrow I'm going to sweat even further in the garden weeding, planting and shifting soil around. I don't like it so much but it gives me an amazing sense of satisfaction and wellbeing.

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  4. I am just waiting for a load of logs to be delivered so will be doing exactly the same next week.
    My son is a dry stone waller so I let him stack it and it looks amazing.
    When I do it,it always looks higgledy piggledy.
    I love knowing I've got the fuel in for the Winter too.
    I recently bought a couple of those oil filled radiators and can move them around if I need a room warming.
    Your logpiles look lovely.

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  5. So satisfying to stand back after all that hardwork and see how much you have acomplished and know that because of your efforts you will be lovely and warm over the Winter months. Well done you (and DB too of course).

    Lovely Hubby has a good chopping session every couple of weeks, we have all the big logs stored in the barn, and then I do about a basket full of split logs each evening after walking the dogs just to keep us nicely topped up in the house.

    Like you say a regular fire has a very benficial effect on the house, keeping the air warm and dry and getting rid of mould spores.

    Sue xx

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  6. So satisfying to stand back after all that hardwork and see how much you have acomplished and know that because of your efforts you will be lovely and warm over the Winter months. Well done you (and DB too of course).

    Lovely Hubby has a good chopping session every couple of weeks, we have all the big logs stored in the barn, and then I do about a basket full of split logs each evening after walking the dogs just to keep us nicely topped up in the house.

    Like you say a regular fire has a very benficial effect on the house, keeping the air warm and dry and getting rid of mould spores.

    Sue xx

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  7. Hubby collects wood from wherever he can all year round. We have enough in store for about 3 years at the moment. Because he collects large logs etc and has had hernia problems, we bought a wood splitter to make the job easier(we saved our coins in a money tin until there was enough to buy it). Occasionally he will still get the axe out. I have had to chop my own wood in the past when I was single but no more, even though it would be a great calorie burner, something I could use at this time 🙂

    We are sweating our butts off at the moment, trying not to turn the air conditioner on if I can.

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  8. I'm with you there on the gym – hate it!

    Last week, OH and I helped our neighbour with her wood, firstly 4m3 then 3m3, all to be stacked in her barn. She made us a lovely pud 'apple Betty' as a thank you, bless her.

    Our turn this week – we've got 4m3 of thin stuff coming for cooking (gets hotter quickly) and 4m3 big stuff for sitting room wood burner. I just love it!

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  9. I'm sooo jealous.
    Since going smokeless I really miss my open fire.
    Yes I know, completely inefficient, but it burned just about everything, made nice toast and cheered me up on the dark winter nights.

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