Brrrrrrrrr! Winter is on the way

Let’s hear it for firewood!  When it’s time to put the clocks back you know it is really gonna be winter soon!  There was a hard frost coating all the lawn and trees this morning.  But to give you a glimpse of why they say firewood warms you several times; when you buck it up, when you split it, when you stack it, and when you burn it here is the fabulous woodpile Kip has been working on for the past many weeks.

At first the wood looked like this:

Then with hard sweaty work by Kip and our youngest son Bjorn (and the aid of a rented logsplitter)  we are now insured against the winter chill;

We have yet to do the measurements to calculate how many cords we have (a cord of wood is a stack 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet) but we look forward to lots of cozy heat.  Probably several season’s worth.   Wandering through the shaggy late fall garden with the air smelling of wood smoke is a sign that the gardening season is officially over!  Whew!