This weekend I spent a day with some great friends, on a beautiful farm, chopping wood. And even though almost every part of my body is in some degree of pain, I had a blast!

Our fearless leader had already spent hours teaching us how to use chainsaws and axes safely while on our Ladies Homestead Gathering Retreat, but we were eager for more practice. When she mentioned having a few downed trees on her property in need of removal, we jumped at the chance to help. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout – over 20 adults and nearly 10 children! And, in LHG style, we enjoyed the most amazing pre-Thanksgiving potluck picnic!


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Comment by Ellen Peavey on December 16, 2011 at 9:37am

 I have just learned how to split a small round of wood. My son in law cuts down the dead tree's and cuts it into rounds I call them. He has showed my three grand daughters and me how to split it with the axe. It takes practice and patience on his part which he has. It is never to late to learn about splitting the wood for the wood stove and how to stack it and which tree's are dead. I'm retired now and we just moved a year ago to a small three acre home stead, we have to learn to be self sufficient, we have already put in eight raised beds and three compost piles and a bigger garden area in the Forrest. He is going to cut down three more tree's so the sun can get to our garden area in the woods the dirt there is really excellent. We had a good garden and hope for a bigger one next year. So as I learned even though I have four teen age grand kids I'm never to old to learn some thing new, just thankful that my son in law is willing to teach us.         Ellen

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