A woodland retrospective.
A project that we're pleased to be supporting is the Anglo-Saxon ship build which is part of the development of the old Whisstocks boat yard site in Woodbridge.
The plan is to build a full sized replica of the ship buried at Sutton Hoo.
If only the brook at Kersey had looked like this when we were there today! Instead, the water was deep enough that we decided to deliver by barrow and then turn around and go back the way we had come.
Only to find that at Whatfield, the river had broken its bank and was flowing deep and fast across the road! Thankfully, all of our deliveries had been made by that point and so the trailer was light enough to detach whilst we turned around.
The second stage of preparing the wood fuel is to cut the log into short sections ready to feed into the splitter.
Testing the cutting and drying process for producing sweet chestnut planks.
We've been visiting the Weird & Wonderful Wood for several years now and so, once we had woodland of our own, we were keen to visit as exhibitors.
We had no trouble setting up and were ready to receive visitors early enough to enjoy a cup of coffee before the gates opened.
Our wood fuel was the main focus of our stand and we were offering special show prices for anyone who stopped by.
We were also demonstrating our 'anyone can do it' log splitter.
The weather was fantastic and the event was very well attended.
There was a constant throng of youngsters visiting the stand to peel sticks until mid-afternoon today when our stocks were completely exhausted.
The devastation caused by the great storm of 1987 would be hard to overstate. The woodland still shows evidence of the damage done.
Some of the branches overhanging the paths were broken and so precariously attached that it was a priority to get a team in to remove them.
Of course, there are the creature comforts to consider and so we turned our attention to brewing the all-important cuppa!
No gas stove for us! Instead, a Rocket Stove. Designed to suck in air and increase the combustion temperature to the point that most of the pollutants are consumed.
Every so often, a product comes along which truly changes the ease with which we get things done. This is one of those products.
Working with gravity to drive a wedge into the log, it's a safe and relatively easy way to split logs and to produce kindling. Simply line up, lift and plunge.
To give us somewhere to load the trailers, turn the vehicles and stand the larger sections of timber, we created a hard standing next to our woodshed.
Part of the fun was driving the roller!
We also needed to replace the upright at the corner of the wood shelter. No vehicle to drive this time - the digger arrived with one!
The woodland is now ours and we can make a start on clearing the timber which has fallen over the past few years. Some of the trees fell as far back as the great storm of 1987.