The Art of Stacked Wood

It’s hot and steamy July, a month when one usually doesn’t think of frigid New England winters. Yet soon enough it will be upon us and that’s my husband’s mindset. He knows how frigid and snowy it becomes here and his steadfast winter preparedness drives him to find wood.

Recently Tom bought wood from his friend Mike, cut from his land in our town. He’s been hauling in it, cutting it on the wood splitter and stacking it neatly. So far he has accumulated about three or four cords. We will probably need at least three or four more, enough to last about ten months. We primarily heat our house with our trusty wood stove besides the little kerosene monitor we have in the kitchen.

This is what Tom is expecting next year! Gotta have plenty of wood!

In the last few summers I enjoy going out and working with Tom. He cuts and I stack, which is an excellent work-out for me. Last summer I spotted a huge black and yellow snake living in the wood pile and since then I’m a bit jumpy and nervous about helping. We have far too many snakes on our property and they creep me out!

When we go on our summer country rides and back dirt roads I appreciate spotting stacked wood piles. It means someone else is planning ahead! It’s amazing to see who still burn wood here. With that said, I’ve heard that many have resorted to burning pellets. It may be convenient and maybe cheaper but you can’t stack bags nor admire their beauty in someone’s yard, right?

Forgive the picture quality, it was through a closed window. See what visited us the other morning? We were having our coffee in the living room and spotted a couple of does in our side yard. They’re so graceful and fun to watch this time of year! I feel beyond blessed to live with these beauties!

All My Best,

Heart and Soul ❤️

5 thoughts on “The Art of Stacked Wood

  1. I used to spend a lot of time stacking wood as a kid as my house and both grandparents went through a lot each winter- you’re right- it’s an excellent workout!

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  2. Your photograph of the doe reminds me of the morning I woke late and was just sipping my coffee when a cow moose decided to walk right past my window and up my driveway.
    Anywhere else it would be the high point of someones day up here a normal occurrence.

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    1. Hi Pete, yes here in N.H. it’s a common occurrence to see deer, turkey and bears in our yard or on the game trail bordering our property. Wow, living in Alaska would be my husband’s dream with all the wildlife there! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great summer!😃

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