The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


4 January 2015

Axemen of PTC!

After gallivanting around Switzerland, it was back down to earth!!  Chris had kindly dropped about 3 tons of wood on the drive.  We did make a good start splitting, lugging and stacking before our trip but there was more than half left to do on our return.  Before starting this major task, we transferred the seasoned logs out of the seasoner to the log store by the house  We removed the  pallets and gave it a good old spring clean before replacing them.  I do find that storing logs on pallets aids air circulation and speeds up the seasoning process.  It is of course a perfect use for redundant pallets! Yesterday, we were very spoilt  as we had extra help from Chris the elder and so both Chris's were busy swinging axes!  Of course, they kept much warmer then I did just lugging and stacking!  It was dark well before we finished but, the larger log seasoner is now completely full and the smaller one very nearly full.  All in all a most satisfying squirrel like job.  All these logs, most of which are Cedar will have at least a year to season and dry out before they are burnt. Of course, I should mention another bonus and that is, the scent of the Cedar which now hangs in the air! 
..and afterwards!

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