It seems only a week or so ago that I was complaining about the heat. Now the weather has turned and we have days that are quite wintery. One huge difference between living here and living in our former home is heating. In the past, I have always had gas heating. Getting warm was simply a matter of flicking a switch. Here, with a wood fired heater, we need to worry about firewood.
Since we moved in, some nine months ago, we’ve been preparing firewood to use over the next couple of years. An old dead tree, near the bird feeders and dangerously close to the house, had to come down. In a storm, it had potential to fall onto our roof, and do real damage. As far as we could tell, it was not hollow and not being used by wildlife for a home. Having been dead for some time, the wood was dry, and perfect to use as firewood.
The tree was felled in early December, and cut into logs mid-December. Just before Christmas we used a wood splitter to break the logs into firewood sized pieces. In January, we moved the wood into our wood shed to keep it dry for Winter. Over the last couple of weeks, we are very thankful to this old tree for the warmth it is providing. The cats love it too! Lately they spend all day in front of the heater, keeping warm.