Sunday, 7 December 2014

A frosty day in the woods

Saturday was a proper frosty day in the woods!

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It was nice to have some cold weather to work in, I missed it last winter!

I put a few hours in today, coppicing some trees next to where some blew down last winter, then splitting/striping and stacking the logs. I thought I'd do before and after photos - only a few trees missing in the second one, but you can see the growth in the log pile...
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I wonder if we'll get snow this year? It already feels more likely than last year did...

Mike

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Swans and Sunsets at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Last Sunday I went for a walk around Rye Harbour Nature Reserve at the end of the day. The timing was perfect for a great sunset!

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The lakes are now filled with Swans:
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And ducks, such as this pair of Gadwalls - first time I've ever seen these!
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Here's the female Gadwall on her own:
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And the male Gadwall:
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I was pleased to get a shot of a Cormorant flying overhead, though the light was fading a bit by this point:
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It's all a far cry from what it was like back in May:


There's still a lot of birds around, but it's much more peaceful now.
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Going back to the sunsets, I'll finish with a few more of my favourites...
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Mike

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Moving towards winter in the woods

I was up at the woods this weekend after a few weeks' gap, and was struck by the shift from autumn towards winter... It's looking quite different there now:

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I was there to do a job though, and got on with loading my Truncator:
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Sawing the logs:
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Tipping them into the trailer:
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And repeating until there was a trailer full of logs to take over to The Pelham...
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It's a great benefit having the Truncator for jobs like this, and as you can see in the above photo, when the job is done you can simply cover the trailer and drive away without detaching it. I made a video last year detailing how it is set up and operated.

Mike

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Rye Fawkes 2014

Another great Rye Fawkes last night!

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Here's my video of the parade, fireworks and bonfire. More photos below...


I was seriously impressed with the upgrade to the fire-breathing dragon's nostrils!
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The rest of the parade was very impressive as well though:
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The fireworks were a good show as well, though a bit chaotic this year as they decided they needed to move everyone off the bridge over the river before the show started. This was supposedly for safety reasons, due to the wind, but the security people didn't actually tell anyone that reason to start with, and were a bit rude when people were reluctant to move...
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Another great night out, as always! Looking forward to next time...

Mike

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Coppicing, stools and benches

We had a productive day in the woods yesterday, coppicing a few stools and adding to the pile of split and stacked firewood, ready to burn in a couple of years:

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I also picked out a number of straight sections as I went along and made stakes from them, which will come in useful at some point:
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I also turned some of the logs from windblown trees into benches for the community garden in Rye. There's a video of how to make the benches here.
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I also made a couple of stools (again, video here), one for use at the wood, the other to sell:
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Finally, when I got home I found this bizarre sight  a mushroom had been growing under my car! Presumably it's feeding on the wood chips lying on the drive, left from cutting logs up with the Truncator (video here):
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It looks like the weather is turning colder soon - it'd be nice to have a frosty day to work in the woods, it's a bit warm at the moment when wearing chainsaw trousers!

Mike

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