We got back from Yorkshire last Friday and I spent Sunday & Monday fiddling about with oak beams, steel plates, self-tapping screws, bolts and fire cement and last evening we lit the maiden fire in the new log burner and cracked open that bottle of champagne that had been chilling since August!
I can't believe how efficient it is - we burnt only a fraction of the wood that we would have put on the old fire and the room was so warm we had to open the doors. That also helped get rid of the awful smell of the paint curing.
Sorry...no pics yet. Hopefully we'll get another camera today.
This is the last image I'll be able to post until I can sort out another camera (Makes a nice desktop picture). Unfortunately I dropped the camera and now the shutter won't close or the lens retract...I've got a feeling it's dead.
Jed had his first taste of the sea today when we took a walk along the beach at Filey. He really loved racing around on those acres of sand with all the other dogs.
One thing I love about Yorkshire are the drystone walls - proper walls.
I remember travelling up to Yorkshire when we were kids. There was a constant chorus of “Are we nearly there yet?” - in the end my Dad said “Don’t ask again until you see a drystone wall”.
Had a walk down Wy Dale yesterday and saw this sign...
This blog coming to you courtesy of a ‘3’ dongle (mobile broadband) which only cost £20. Unfortunately after I have used it the computer ‘freezes’, won’t go to sleep and the cursor vanishes...(any ideas on this gratefully accepted).
Chris Hickman of the Woodland Trust has sent me a link to a set of photographs of the scouting event in Croydon last week.
When you're in the thick of it there isn't time to take many photos or to have a look around at the other activities so it's great to see what else was going on. Archery, Storytelling, Bushcraft & Survival skills, Willow Weaving, Woodland Art and Tree Planting. . . oh yes and Bodging.
I always tell people that tree surgeons are a good source of a wide variety of timber...
Yesterday I went to visit my mate Tony at the Gaynes Park estate near Epping. He's the gamekeeper on the estate and also works as a tree surgeon (a very good one). Had a root through his firewood pile and managed to find Holly, Yew, Hawthorn, Sycamore, Beech, Oak and London Plane logs - he also gave me a couple of slabs of Sweet Chestnut.
Cheers mate . . . should keep me going for a while!