The thaw has started in Strid Wood, with the snow on the trees dripping into the snow. It was also dripping off the tarp yesterday, mainly due to the roaring fire I got going in the afternoon.
In the morning I finished off moving all the stray Spring felled timber back to the bodgery. I’ve been using two very useful tools for this. First up the log tongs. This is great. The two dogs bite into the logs and then you can haul them into the trailer, mostly without touching them and keeping your gloves drier. The logs look rough, but they are fine inside.
If the logs are frozen together (and few weren’t!) I’ve been using this home-made pickeroon.
This was originally a short-handled job, not sure of its intended purpose, but with a long handle it’s great for freeing logs and digging the spike end into log also allows rolling and pulling without bending – great!
While I was back in this part of the woods I surveyed my thinning work last year, you may be able to see all the stumps as larger black lumps.
And this is where I’m due to thin next.
There’s a lot of small stuff in there to fell.
Meanwhile back at the bodgery I spent the afternoon making rolling pin blanks and animals:
They are supposed to be foxes, the front one is OK. I’ve since modified the big one into a bear, the rather angular one awaits further attention from the knife.
I also had a look round at tracks – I like the ‘shadow’ of the wing in this one:
When I got home there was an interesting eBay delivery:
Guess what’s inside. See next post.