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Wood for burning
Sat 15-Jan-11
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OdelleS said:

What a lovely poem, it's new to me, what's wrong with enjoying a poem, it's good to be a 'softy', it shows that you're kind and caring!

Thankyou for that, I shall copy that if you don't mind?

Odelle. wavewelldone


 

Hi Odelle,

I am so pleased you liked it.

Here's another one. Again not mine.

 

The Firewood Rhyme 
Logs to Burn, Logs to burn, Logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn,
Here's a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman's cries.

Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn,
The proper kind of logs to burn.

Oak logs will warm you well,
If they're old and dry.
Larch logs of pine will smell,
But the sparks will fly.

Beech logs for Christmas time,
Yew logs heat well.
"Scotch" logs it is a crime,
For anyone to sell.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all.
Hawthorn logs are good to last,
If you cut them in the fall.

Holly logs will burn like wax,
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smouldering flax,
No flame to be seen.

Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room,
Cherry logs across the dogs,
Smell like flowers in bloom

But ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old;
Buy up all that come your way,
They're worth their weight in gold.

 

The first was first published 1930 ish, this one unknown.

How clever they were that lived by these words and wrote them in such a way that the lesson could be more easily passed down through the generations; And still as applicable, to the right person, even now. 

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Sat 15-Jan-11
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Lovely stuff Ken.  I've just noticed your signature line, what a hoot!

I'll try that again!

Sat 15-Jan-11
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Bless you.embarassed

My old one was

 

My grandmother was arrested for streaking at the Chelsea flower Show.

On the plus side she won first prize for her dried arrangement.

 

But didn't wish to cause offence.

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Sat 15-Jan-11
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I am so pleased that I didn't have any wine or tea in my mouth when I read that!big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Sat 15-Jan-11
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Whoops there goes another keyboard.medicine steam  doh  frown

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Tue 18-Jan-11
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I love these rhymes Ken - thank you.  I'm going to send them to my Mother - she's just got a woodburner slotted into the fireplace back home.  Jealous - moi??!! :yes:

Tue 18-Jan-11
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Ruthdigs said:

I love these rhymes Ken - thank you.  I'm going to send them to my Mother - she's just got a woodburner slotted into the fireplace back home.  Jealous - moi??!! :yes:


 

"Jealous " moi??!! :yes:"

You and ME both.  ok

Hope your mum likes 'em.

HAVE JUST TAKEN UP CAGE FIGHTING.
REALLY ENJOYING IT.
DON'T RECKON THE BUDGIE WILL LAST LONG.

Sun 14-Aug-11
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It's a good poem -  I have come across that version with the "Scotch" mention before - popularly meant to refer to scots pine apparently - but it is something we burn quite regularly, and I've had many a hot bath and evening in the house with our central heating powered by some scots pine burning merrily away!

We use 99% sitka/norway though as we have access to literally an unlimited amount of it, but I am sometimes asked to take the odd scots pine down by a nearby land owner when they begin leaning over a public footpath.

It's amazing how many people insist on hardwood only for their fires - but we only use the very limited amount of hardwood I come by to keep the stove going overnight in winter.  Using softwood we undoubtedly use a huge quantity more wood than if we were using hardwood, but we know it's all being replanted, (because we see it happening) and that matters to us quite a lot.

Actually, I've got two eucalyptus trees logged and drying at the moment which someone asked me to cut down in thier garden as it grew way beyond what they'd expected (despite being in Northen England, which must be as different from it's Australian origins as possible!). It will be interesting to see how that burns when it's dry. 

 

Meus terra erro est frigus

Sun 14-Aug-11
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Not sure if I have said hi, yet or not but welcome to the madhouse wave. My hubby is a Northumbrian, didn't understand a word his family said when I first met them and I was from Lancashire.roll_eyes

I presume eucalyptus might be different when dry but I know when wet it explodes, that was one of the problems in Australia with that dreadful wildfire that killed so many folks. I think it is the oil content, so small pieces first I guess! My mum grows eucalyptus too and she lives in Lancashire and she says it grows well.

We burn mainly alder and some oak because that's what we have in our forest. We are encouraging birch to grow for the future as that is better but I don't think we are going to run out of wood any time soon.

Mon 15-Aug-11
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Eucalyptus is certainly an interesting wood - when I first felled them, it was sheer pleasure to split the trunk slices with the axe as it almost sprung apart when chopped with a really satisfying "kerchunk" sound! smile    Just the weight of the axe falling alone was splitting the logs easily - it needed no force at all.   

But last week I tried to split some that I've left about a month first so had dried quite a lot, and it was like iron! The axe was actually bouncing off it! surprised So  lesson learned - with eucalyptus, split it straight away after felling it.  Interestingly, when you cut across the trunk it has a ring of holes running all the way up inside the trunk, quite a curious wood compared to our native trees.

 

Meus terra erro est frigus

Mon 15-Aug-11
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My husband always reckons on splitting wood soon as it makes it much easier. Have you seen the tyre trick for splitting wood? By splitting wood blocks in a tyre it stops the wood flying off and saves a lot of picking up, great when you have a lot to do. Saved him a lot of bending over too. You can see various films on youtube if you search for "splitting wood tyre"cheers

Mon 15-Aug-11
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Excellent idea with the tyre, going to get Mike to try it when we start cutting up wood for winter. I always seem to have to be the picker uper

Thu 18-Aug-11
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Hubby says it saves him lots and lots of time and less strain on the back. In fact Janet, if you don't need to be the picker upper then maybe you can sit down and watch with a cup of tea in hand cheers

Thu 18-Aug-11
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That's a nice idea Joanna, burt no doubt I'd find something else to do, like chopping the kindling

Fri 19-Aug-11
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It is a good idea - over the years while chopping wood,  with bits flying off at high velocity I've managed to smash my land rover rear light, get myself cut to the bone 2mm above my eye (so deep a cut and the log hit me so hard it knocked me backwards - if it had been 2mm lower without any doubt I'd have lost my eye) and memorably, one log spilt and flew off hitting my friend dead centre in the er, tender zone, from about 5 metres (pretty good shot really, and great comic effect laugh )... that tyre idea sounds rather good!

 

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