Friday, June 27, 2014


A couple of years back, we had some trees felled on our land. Over the past week, the guy who chopped them down came back to chop them up for us. He reckons there is at least eight to ten tonnes of firewood there in the five huge piles on the hill. It was a pretty big job to chainsaw and then split the huge logs. David had already cut up a lot of the branches, but the huge trunks remained.

I still can't understand why the people who built our place did not put in a wood fire, living where we do, on the edge of forest and above the snow line. We added one and it is now one of my favourite things in the house. We are definitely not short of wood. Next, I need to turn these piles into some kind of amazing 'wall of wood' edifice to keep up with the neighbours. It's a popular pastime in Tassie.


  1. Hi Susan, how strange the original owners never put in a fire with so much available wood. What do you mean by above the snow line? Sorry I'm a queenslander!
    Thanks for your blog, I'm enjoying learning about your area. Xx kel

    1. I am up in Brisbane as I type this! That is a good question - basically the snow mostly only falls and stays on the ground up in the hills, not down in the valley. For some reason when the weather forecast says "snow down to 600 metres" we always get it too, even though we are at 450 metres. About 500 metres down the road, there is no snow - so that would be the snow line. It is often quite stark - one field covered in snow, the next has almost nothing.

    2. That makes total sense to me! Thanks for explaining it. I've seen some of your photos of the snow on your blog, it's very beautiful where you live!
      Hope your enjoying the sweltering Brissy weather if that's possible.
      Xx kel

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