Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Men on a Mission


Mr Uphilldowndale, Tom and Joe have been on a mission. Remember all the trees we cut down? Well they needed splitting down into firewood size chunks.

a pile of potential 1-2

It was no small task. So we borrowed my brother in laws (BiL) log splitting device, in fact we brought it all the way back from Weymouth* with us  (so it was just as well we left Tom down there fore a few days or we’d have never squeezed everything in the car.)

So time passes and BiL has come to visit, and  he will be taking his machine away with him, so it forced the log splitting task to the top of the very long ‘to do list’ that is running here.

Look! Mission accomplished. I think this heap of logs is a thing of beauty, very hunter gatherer, it is April and we’ve got next winters logs sorted. Excellent.

a thing of beauty-2

  Must dash, we’ve a handsome slab of beef is roasting in the oven and I’ve finished my glass of Fursty Ferret 

* If I mention Weymouth relief road in this post it will make BiL’s ‘Google alert’ go ping on his phone! Ha Ha gotcha BiL, twice.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

14 thoughts on “Men on a Mission

  1. good pile of logs
    will they now need moving again to be dried ?
    well to Mr Uhdd, Tom and Joe.
    Yes a good picture, a satisfied job well done picture if I say so myself

  2. That is an impressive pile of well-split wood. Getting the chicken to pose as a scale figure was a stroke of genius.

    Now I must think of a way to incorporate Weymouth relief road in a post over across the way. Oh dear, it isn’t something rude, is it? Lessee . . . OK I went and looked it up. Good grief! Viking war graves?

  3. Funny how the hens always go over to inspect anything new.

  4. I thought conifer logs had to be seasoned for longer? Otherwise I’d have been out prospecting in our nearby clearfelled forest…

  5. Impressive indeed. I’m now going off to google to find out what a log splitting device looks like. When I was a kid, it was dad with an axe, and the sweat of his brow!

    • I have a splitting axe and normally use that, but the sheer quantity of logs made the loan of the log splitter a very attractive alternative.

  6. I could do with that machine down here. I have some Fursty Ferret I think I’ll open one now or maybe a Pickled Partridge!

  7. Impressing! And very decorative.

  8. A nice quantity of firewood, but you lose a few marks for poor stacking 😉

    After a single season with wedge and maul I convinced Father in Law (FiL) to invest in a hydraulic log splitter. It was electric driven and lasted 5 seasons of heavy work. Now FiL has decided he wants 10+ tonnes of splitting power and so we’re buying a petrol driven unit.

    Task #1 was to build log racks though to keep the 3 oaks we’ve got to split tidy, dry, and off the ground.

  9. Enviable stack.
    Great photo with the hen 🙂

  10. Great work there. i think the most i have done is about 1 5th of that pile.

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