Logs – from ordering and delivery to wood store
The first thing to do is to phone the farm who have been supplying us with dry logs for 6 years. This time they were able to deliver two days after I called. It all depends on their orders from Cambridge city and they organise the delivery round to drop off a lorry load to different customers in the same area. Our 1sq metre of logs is a third of their load. Our last load was relatively recent and we just about had enough for another three weeks taking us to Easter (12 April) then it should be warm enough not to need more wood – but we thought it wise to top up as future deliveries could be uncertain. Also it’s nice to have a fire and the wood burner does a whole evening on three logs (unlike the open fire which is even more comforting but needs at least three times that amount of wood).
Normally we pay (£95) in cash but this time we decided to write a cheque – less hassle than getting the cash and probably safer as social distancing/washing hands etc is the norm with the coronavirus outbreak so using a cash machine, handling cash might be less ‘clean’ than one cheque. We agreed to leave the money in the porch to reduce contact.
The farm left a phone message the day before delivery to say it was going to be between 9 and 10 on Saturday 28 March.
On the day, first of all I moved the car out of the drive. The doorbell rang just after 9; the lorry, as usual, had reversed into the drive. It was a different driver, another member of their family. Patrick wrote the cheque as they tipped out the logs.
Then our job was to get the heap of logs stacked in the wood store. We have a well-tested routine.
These 2 photos were taken when we were about two thirds of the way through the pile on the drive.
Patrick sets aside scraps of wood etc (behind the wheelbarrow) and at the end puts them in a separate old compost bag for kindling.
The next stage is to trundle the logs into the garden. There were 13 barrow loads this time. Quite a lot of lifting, trundling etc! And on this occasion we followed the log stacking with a visit to the allotment to keep up with the digging so a good day for exercise.
The logs land on the path and lawn near the wood store
Stacking them takes time as the idea is to fill each shelf two logs deep and to the top (photos iv. and v. below). I have to fit the logs together, wedge them firmly to make sure they don’t fall down through the gap at the left hand end of the shelves (photos ii. and iii. below), fill small gaps with slimmer logs and if possible have a space for the kindling tray.
A view from the side
Kindling tray perched on some logs and
the old compost bag of chippings that P swept up
from the drive ready to use