|Glenn looking at the fallen trees. Where to start!|
In the wake of the bushfire we had a lot of our trees down because they'd been weakened by the burn.
So we spoke to friends, who spoke to friends who were in the process of organising a chainsaw course.
And what do you need for a chainsaw course? Lots of wood to practise on!
And guess what we've got?! Lots and lots and LOTS of wood to practise on!
The course was held last weekend and the weather was kind to us being a pleasant, low 20s both days (unlike today which is a sweltering 38 at the moment... but I'm trying hard not to think about that!)
Anyway, our back paddock was a mini-tent city as the participants set up an impromptu camping ground for the weekend.
And during the day, there was the gentle buzz of chainsaws as a dozen "students" practised their cuts...
- vertical cuts
- horizontal cuts
- standard cuts across the grain of the wood,
- ripping cuts along the grain of the wood
- plunge cuts
- reducing cuts
|Standard cuts and plunge cuts...|
|... close up of the plunge cut practise...|
|... and I couldn't resist a picture through the plunge cut tunnel.|
|A pile of wood from the ripping cut.|
And at the end of the course, the students went away with lots of knowledge and lots of practice.
And we had a great start on converting the trees down in the paddock into firewood for winter!
|Ready for winter!|
Win-win, I say!
So have you had an occasion where you've "made lemonade" from something that's less than positive?
And while I'm here, I thought I'd share some random pictures from around the place. It's really fascinating to see what plants are coming back after their scorching experience.
|My camellia is sprouting! Green shoots among the scorched leaves.|
|Tender eucalypt sprouts on a blackened trunk.|
|A foggy morning and the burnt shell of the horse float.|
|The petunias are still going strong!|