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Thursday, 28 November 2019
With fires now lit daily (evenings only), I'm back to my regular log sawing duties.
Even at my great advanced age, I don't mind getting out the chainsaw and filling a barrow or two with stove-sized logs. It's all part of the Winter experience, and the small amount of exercise it offers does me some good. Pressing a central heating button is all well and good, but my method is far more bucolic and 'natural'; even if the overall room-to-room temperature of the house is rather erratic.
We've only had our delivery of Oak wood so far (below), but we still had lots in reserve anyway. I've also ordered plenty of Chestnut. Last Winter I used Chestnut almost exclusively, and have done the same so far this year.
Our sitting room 'Godin' stove produces a lot of heat. It also allows foil-wrapped baked potatoes to be cooked below the embers, and casseroles to be cooked on the top. It's a multi-tasking machine, and it's very satisfying to sit back and watch supper cooking away by one's side.
Hats, coats, and gloves are already in use. Thermal vests and electric blankets are making an appearance. It hasn't been 'cold' yet, but I'll be sawing logs for the next 5 months.
According to our 'Meteo', we have a few days of barely sub-zero C nights coming in about a week's time.
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!