This past Tuesday, we finally made a trip to the Big City. We hadn't been since last June! Needless to say, it didn't take us long to fill the back of the Suburban with all the miscellaneous supplies needed. Our list was long but we made our stops efficiently and were home before dark which takes a bit of planning since the time change this past weekend!
It's deer season here and early Wednesday our good neighbors' son shot a deer with what should have been a quick, efficient kill. Unfortunately, the deer got up and ran across their property and headed for our woods. We joined the search party (there were seven of us) and tromped the woods for hours, but sadly, were never able to find the buck. The son is a very conscientious hunter and was quite upset. Not because he didn't "get his deer" but because he had caused suffering to the animal. He had to leave for his home near the Twin Cities that same day to be at work the next morning.
Wednesday afternoon Chicken Mama, Gilligan, Papa Pea and I loaded up our truck and flatbed trailer to go get some birch wood we were offered that was piled on a building site that had been cleared this fall. The wood had been limbed but was still in tree lengths. We cut and loaded long lengths of the smaller trees taking close to a third of the pile.
Do you know how heavy that chunk of wood
is that Chicken Mama's carrying?
We raised one strong girl!
Back home we unloaded the wood in our back yard wood working area.
Yesterday, we had company in the morning from out of the area. We visited and had lunch before he left to go hunting at other friends' house several miles from here.
The afternoon found us back at the birch wood site to bring home another load. This time Papa Pea cut the bigger trees up into chunks which Gilligan and I loaded onto the trailer. Chicken Mama was unavailable as she was cleaning the rental cabin she manages.
We think we can finish up the wood cutting and hauling in two more loads, one of which is scheduled for this afternoon.
This morning I'm getting ready to head into town to make a pick-up at the library and make a stop at our food co-op to collect a few supplies and a special order I have waiting there.
Perhaps Saturday (which seems free and clear so far) we can finish hauling the last of the wood from the building site.
Sunday we're doing our last (hallelujah!) chicken/duck butchering of the season. Never, ever will we let the birds hatch out so many eggs again! Granted, this year was a trial period to see which of the birds would be good setters and mothers, but now that we know that, we'll definitely limit the number of eggs we let them hatch out next year.
After that, let's hope the activity around here does slow and we can begin our winter down time. I'm ready.