Sunday, November 23, 2008

Keeping Warm.

We were hit with the cold weather so early this year, that we realized we didn't have nearly enough wood. We have never had to start burning so early in the year. We really did not want to have to buy wood, but Kenan had already cut and taken almost all of the fallen trees out of the woods and we really prefer not to cut living trees.

Earlier this week, the weather was mild. So we took a hike in the woods, to try and combat the cabin fever we have all been feeling. We decided to go a different way, so Kenan could scope out any usable downed trees on our property. We had just crossed over the little creek behind our house, when we spotted this amazing oak tree that had recently fallen. It's absolutely huge, must have been 80 to 100 feet tall. Just over from this tree was another large fallen oak, that was already very seasoned.

It's difficult to see, but they are standing on the dried and rotted roots of this great oak. These trees will provide our heat for at least the next two winters. It is always a bit bitter sweet to see a tree this size fallen. However, it couldn't have come at a better time. What a blessing.

Before heading back to the house, we hiked down to the creek. There was just a thin layer of ice beginning to form over it. The kids (Kenan included) picked up every rock and stick with an attempt to smash the ice.

i always like trying to capture the reflections, and sense of peace that exists here.

So now the hard work begins. Bringing it up from the woods, the cutting, hauling and stacking. It is a lot of work, but like tending a garden or cooking a meal from scratch, it is well worth it. It is extremely rewarding and satisfying.

During these cold days of winter, there is no place i would rather be than snug in front of the woodstove with a child or two on my lap.


Blisskitty said...

Great pics as usual :) a very heart-warming post too! Usualy all the best stuff takes lots of time.

World of Kris said...

The picture of the half frozen lake with the tree reflection - great picture. You should submit this somewhere, it's so beautiful. It got cold here too, but no wood burning stove for me. I just sleep fully clothed with my sleeping bag over top :)

Kaytlyn said...

We are now heating with wood too. Aaron went this weekend to a friends and got a bunch of wood. It is now sitting in the driveway waiting to be split. :) It sure keeps the house nice a warm though!