|Midwinter in the Woods|
As we process the logs, the whine of the machine echoes around the smallholding. When we stop the splitter, the air is suddenly quiet and still - until it's filled with a mistle thrush's song. The song of this bird is a familiar and lovely sound on the smallholding in early January.
Midwinter is also the time of year for coppicing (cutting trees to the ground to stimulate growth) before the sap is too high, because coppice material, cut in winter, dries better and lasts longer. This winter, we're cutting more hazel for furniture for the barn. We don't need a chain saw to cut the hazel stems - instead, we use a folding saw. After looking around the woodland, we found some hazel by the stream that was suitable - we're looking for straight stems that can be used for a long "sofa" seat to be put with the hazel chair David made last year (and I wrote about in October).
|The Long Walk Back|
The next day David makes the seat - and now I have to think about the cover for it so that it's comfortable to sit on.
|The Finished Hazel Seat|