Here comes the chopper…

You may remember this handsome woodpile which was delivered in August, all 18 tonnes of it; the story of Rumplestiltskin comes to mind watching Graham steadily reduce it; sawing, chopping then stacking the logs in our woodshed. If you are wondering at the shapes of these logs, they are the “first cuts” off oak and chestnut, before…

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Narrowboats and canals.

In October we spent a few days on the Oxford canal with a couple of friends who own a narrowboat; this was a wonderful experience of a very different world, a slow moving chug through the rolling English countryside, which ( apart from tending to the lock-gates which could be quite strenuous) was relaxing and…