"Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment chop wood and carry water."

                                                                       -Zen Proverb

"Get a chain saw and a water pump, boy." - Arkansas Grandpa

 

 

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Oops, I may have accidentally blocked the door to the mother-in-law suite.
chop wood

                  Three dote red oaks yielded almost three cords or five ricks of wood.  -JJ
                                                                                                                 -Spring, 2013
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Next, same place in the Spring of 2014 Ready for winter of 2015-16.

 

 

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Fire wood for the  winter of  '16-'17. The stack is not so straight and there was less red oak to work with, elm does not split true. That said, the far from perfect cord of wood might also be due to the unpleasant fact that I will turn eighty in 2017.
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Ready for winter of 2017-18. The gourds will dry for a few months, then I will attempt to find something to do with them. One plant produced 93 gourds.

 

 

The Farm




November 15, 2017. Some of the gourds from above were painted and hung here (what would you do with 93 gourds?). Lightening struck a red oak this spring, so I whacked it up, and stacked the wood to cure for the winter of 2018-19.  An old TV dish was attached to the post and the lid covers seeds, drying for planting next spring. In the background some cows are at the hay; this is the earliest I ever remember having to feed.
2018

 

 

wood19 This is the same scene at the end of March, 2018. I added oak from one more small tree. Perhaps this is enough to get us through the  winter of 2019.