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


13 August 2017

Major Logging Session

Chris at work
Ian's hydraulic log splitter
With 6 tons of ash tree on the drive, there wasn't any time at all for any gardening this Saturday! Al had lugged and stacked 12 wheelbarrows full of the smaller logs so it was out with the axes and chainsaw to split the rest. Chris and I made a start with him using the heavier splitting axe. 
The pile just got bigger and bigger!

Hopes were raised when Ian arrived on a tractor with a hydraulic log splitter. However, all hopes were soon dashed when we discovered that the hydraulic fluid level was zero.  It was back to the tool shed to search out a little used third axe! In fact, it was a small one which had never been used here before. At first the log pile grew even bigger and, having split the easier straight grained logs, I changed jobs to loading, lugging and stacking. As is usual at PTC, everyone mucked in and gradually the pile on the drive grew smaller and the stacked logs in the log stores, bigger. It's really one of those 'squirrel' jobs - storing fuel for winter. All ready for long and cosy candlelit winter's evenings and roasting chestnuts on the wood burner.

By 5 o'clock it was all finished and the drive swept and cleared! Time for beers (and gin!) 

More logs are now awaited to fill the remaining spaces! Thanks Chris & Ian for all your hard work!

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