A Good Day's Work

Sunday was not spent in my kitchen, but outside splitting wood. Our woodshed has been alarmingly empty.

We began with a small pile up by the wood shed. Here, Lou is running the splitter, I'm managing the wood, Nels & Hels are moving and stacking.

We then moved down to the edge of the woods where we had lots to split. As Hels and I worked, we kept exclaiming over the beauty inside every piece of wood. The time sped by as we watched each piece to see what it would reveal.

It got colder as the day went on. We all added layers. Lou added sunglasses because there was a lot of flink flying about.

Done! We were so proud of the girls. They rotated through the day 40 minutes on, 40 minutes off (where they did laundry, made lunch, and baked cookies). Six hours of work. The woodshed is pretty full--4 layers deep.

As Henry David Thoreau says: "Every man looks at his woodpile with a kind of affection." We all feel the same and will appreciate our winter fires all the more this year.

All just in time--look what the morning sunrise revealed--snow!

Dawn  – (November 17, 2008 at 9:32 AM)  

Snow! That's a beautiful photo of the snow with the morning sunrise. I can understand how you could look on that wood pile with affection...that must be very satisfying to accomplish all of that.

Martha  – (November 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM)  

What wonderful girls to take turns helping...so much accomplished, too! I love your woodshed.
And Snow! Yippee!!!

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Anonymous –   – (November 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM)  

That is definitely good work. You know you're serious when you own a splitter, not just an axe :-)

Sarah  – (November 17, 2008 at 3:28 PM)  

We don't own a splitter! We rented it for the day.

Lisa Anne  – (November 17, 2008 at 9:12 PM)  

What a beautiful sunrise. We awoke to a light dusting this morning, but melted by mid-morning and I was out working in the garden. Now we may have three inches by tomorrow morning, the girls have their fingers crossed.

Tammy  – (November 17, 2008 at 11:52 PM)  

Wow, you all really worked hard. I bet it was nice to stand back and see all of that wood split at the end of the day. And especially in time for snow.

I've never even heard of a splitter....sounds like a heck of an invention!

RunninL8  – (November 18, 2008 at 11:25 PM)  

Whoo-hoo! Good job!!!! What I wouldn't give for a wood splitter!!! We borrowed one from a friend one day and got SO much done!!!
There IS something satisfying about manually chopping wood, though!
Tough girls!

Suse  – (November 19, 2008 at 3:48 AM)  

Sounds like good, hard, rewarding work. Well done you lot! And flink is an excellent word, by the way. I like it.

Also, an amazing parcel arrived this morning - such a wonderful wondrous surprise! Thank you all soooo much! I am particularly smitten with the little felted acorns. And the book! So beautiful!

Thank you so much dear dear Sarah.

Dawn  – (November 19, 2008 at 2:46 PM)  

I wish I had that stack of wood. We didn't add to our wood pile due to selling the house, but we're still here and I need wood.

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