Sunday 5 January 2014

Clearing up after the storm - again!

Before we'd even done all the clearing up from the storm in October, the woodland got hit again on Christmas Eve. No oaks down this time, but plenty of big sweet chestnut stools over:

DSC_7698 windblown trees

DSC_7696 windblown trees

Quite often, one knocks another over. And in this case another, and then another!
DSC_7714 windblown trees

We spent a couple of days between Christmas and New Year sorting some of them out, removing the stems and tipping the stools back into the ground where possible:
DSC_7701 windblown trees

As there's so much, we're cutting it to 2 or 3m lengths (according to what it might be used for) and stacking it:
DSC_7704 logs

As some of the stems are pretty large, they'll be used to make benches or stools rather than just firewood.

I came up with a neat way of stopping the logs rolling off their bearers without having to build a rack:
DSC_7715 logs

But that's just one of the piles of logs, here's another (with plenty more still to come behind it):
DSC_7719 logs

And yet another, this one located near the base of this fallen stool simply so I don't have very far to move the heavy logs!
DSC_7721 logs

The wood also got very wet - this was how it looked on Christmas Eve, just after all the rain.
IMG_4564 woodland stream in flood

I unblocked this bit though, and the water subsided a little as the water flowed under the bridge instead of round it:
IMG_4565 woodland stream in flood

Of course, the wildlife carries on regardless - we've added a second bird feeder now, as we've not been in the woods as often with all the bad weather. Here's a Coal Tit feeding...
DSC_7710 Coal tit

And a cheeky Pheasant admiring the view from the top of our firewood store...
DSC_7565 pheasant

The wild boar have been active too, with a new mud bath created:
DSC_7568 wild boar mud bath

And a muddy trail leading away from it into the trees...
DSC_7570 Wild boar trail

We've also started to bring back logs to top up our firewood store at home. This is 2-3 weeks later than in last year, which is probably partly due to the mild weather and partly the improved draughtproofing at home.
DSC_7713 logs

Anyway, looks like it *might* be colder by the end of January, so maybe we'll get some snow pictures again soon...


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