A few years ago it was necessary to cut this big old tree down. It was interfering with the wind to a windmill close by. When it was felled it landed in this precarious position.
I have been terrified of it ever since.
Whenever we go and check out the windmill, I constantly scream at the kids to stay away from it.
The cattle have been hanging out underneath it.
Rubbing their backs on the wood.
It's only a matter of time!
One will get squashed.
And that would be sad, and expensive (as any loss of stock is)
We have lost cattle with their heads jammed in the fork of trees before.
We are pretty on to making it as good as possible for them to be safe and happy.
I convinced them that it had to come down and we thought it would be great firewood.
Gotta love those Toyota Landcruisers!
Attaching to that bit was a big FAIL, only the branch came away.
Ha! Go to the source of the problem.
Fail again- broken straps!
Fail- no movement.
This was getting very tedious and the kids were getting scratchy.
I had heard lots of creaking and moving around the other side.
I suggested that we put the straps around there where I could hear the stress point.
These young preggers heifers came to check things out.
Of course daughter tried to get a pat.
They wouldn't have it!
The ground rumbled as they ran away.
But we had success, possibly 10 ton of firewood.
The cutting up is always the hard bit.
Well, hardest on hubby's back!
The kids do a really good job of loading it into our big trailer.
Welding gloves are essential.
You never know what might be in those hollow bits.
Snakes, centipedes, mice!
That should keep us going for a while.
How do you heat your house?
Is the electricity bill killing you yet?
Fires are unbeatable in their warmth and character.
However, I always tell people that they are filthy, high maintenace and labour intensive!
Even loading the wheelbarrow and dragging it up from the woodpile can be a real drag!
There's someone here always pretty happy about a fire!