Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bonfire day!

I have not quite figured out how to get the text to start at the top of the posting, so this will have to do!

Today was another great day, Sue returned from her African adventure and I was able to start burning off the piles of branches and brambles I have been making.  Luckily Sue was up for a good ole fashioned bonfire or two as well! It was also excellent to have some company down on the creek as well...

 The above shots show some before and after shots and must say that it is great to see phase two of the clearing project well under way.  Phase one are the areas on either side of the driveway, and these will be next in line for a burning.  As fun as the bonfire making is, there are some key things to keep watch of, despite everything being very wet within the clearing zone.  There are overhead power and phone lines to be mindful of, so all fires are positioned as clear of these spots as well as keeping good proximity from the road as well.  It is not as easy as it sounds!  The phase 3 zone will also be one to watch with those lines as there is more material to burn there.  The plan is to do numerous small burnings.  There are lots of trees yet to bring down on the uphill side of the creek, but right now it is still a bit treacherous to climb any of those slopes safely.

The week ahead is going to be dry and unseasonably warm.  All the more incentive to get on with the burning regime!  I really do not want to be stuck with a lot of dry material, no water flowing and spring/summer rapidly approaching...

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