Things I think about while splitting firewood

We’ve been gradually amassing firewood on our side patio.

Unsplit firewood on the side patio

On Saturday, I was away from the farm for a few hours, and when I came home Matt was deep into splitting. In all, he spent 7 hours splitting. I put in 5 hours stacking.

Matt splitting firewood

By the end of the day, we had three rows of wood split–my goal for our annual firewood allotment.

Firewood piles

Of course, by Sunday one of the rows had partially collapsed, but on the bright side I cleaned up most of the wood chips, bark and small branches that had littered the patio.

Collapsed firewood piles

I’ve been thinking about making a little sitting area here.

Cleaning up the side patio

We’re not really good at sitting, especially when we’re outside, but maybe that’s just because we don’t have a spot. That could be, right?

It has nothing to do with spending a whole day splitting wood or the next one picking up bark or weeding the garden or… or… or…, right?

The mosquitoes haven’t been bad this summer, so sitting outside is actually a possibility.

I love this patio makeover from Love Grows Wild. Back in the spring I uncovered some huge slabs of 6x6s that had been bolted together. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but then I saw Liz’s chunky rustic table and was inspired.

Love Grows Wild patio

I feel like this post has been building to a reveal of a relaxing new patio area… or at least our own rustic table.

Ha-ha. Yeah right. Projects do not happen that quickly around here.

But we still had a productive weekend. Getting that much firewood put up is a huge accomplishment.

What did you get up to this weekend?

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8 thoughts on “Things I think about while splitting firewood

  1. You and Matt have a lot of land, a huge garden and a lot of plans. I feel if you don’t take time to sit and enjoy the outdoors, even for five minutes, What is the point? I try to drink my morning “coffee” (There is very little coffee involved ) outside. And we try to take a few minutes break during a project on the weekends at the same small patio. We listen to the birds, pet the dog and make plans. Then we get back to work!

  2. I agree with Sarah’s Mom! An inviting spot to sit may tug you out for a few minutes here and a few there. Not so much that you lose your days doing everything else. (Or you could add “whole day sitting on the patio” to your to-do list!)
    We went camping on Sat night with friends on Lake Cowichan. It was very wild and beautiful, although the road to get there was dreadful (logging road). It’s the first time I’ve gone to a really backwoods place since I moved to the island, and I loved doing that again.

    • Getting out of town and into the woods is a good way to relax and unwind.

      I like the way everyone is thinking about the patio. I guess I’m an all or nothing kind of person, so your comments are making me see there’s a middle ground.

  3. My mom is so smart! Yes, just sit down for a few minutes out there. Have a drink, pet Baxter, watch your bird feeders. That is the kind of thing we use our deck for, not for hours at a time, but for 15-20 minutes when the heat of the day passes!

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