|The Birthday Girl|
The weather was bitter, so we lit a fire, and after a quick discussion with the volunteers, we got down to the main tasks - coppicing the willow and continuing to process the tree we turned into a pollard a few weeks ago. You'll probably remember that this is all to ensure we have enough home-grown wood to fuel our cooking and fires each year, so we can be carbon neutral for as much cooking as possible. This is good work for a cold day, because it definitely keeps you warm!
|Nadine making kindling.|
|Dan and Tom coppicing poles|
|Ellis helps cut canes ready for use as bean poles.|
Ash had a great time splitting some of last year's logs to keep the rocket stove and the fire going, whilst the rest of us turned the cuttings into useful poles, willow rods, kindling, and at this time of year, pussy-willow sticks for decoration. Gus, Rosy's dog, helped out too, since moving sticks around was his idea of a good time.
|Hugh helps Ash split some logs|
|Gus choosing the right stick|
|The cake disappeared so fast, I only managed to get this picture!|
If you think you'd like to join our happy band, we'll be meeting between 10am and 12noon on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. We'd love to see you, but please call the office first on 9788212 to let us know to expect you.