Papa Pea collected much of this debris in the fall and was waiting for the required 3-6" of snow on the ground before burning it. He's been frustrated looking at this eyesore while waiting for a good snow cover.
Since we have nary a bit of the white stuff on the ground, he checked to see if he needed a burn permit to set fire to the pile. Most of our recent days have been very damp and foggy with no wind, as was the day yesterday with rain forecast starting last night and going through Christmas Day.
He was told they had not been issuing permits but the weather was certainly appropriate for burning a small pile.
The question then remained could we get the pile to burn!
We were happy to see the pile burned quickly without producing any ugly black smoke, and with Papa Pea using a pitchfork to make the base of the pile smaller and smaller it was well out at last check before we called it a night.
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We got this good shot recently of a brush wolf (coyote) looking as though he was posing in front of the trail cam. What a healthy, good-looking fella. (Gal?)
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'Tis the season for kindling
the fire of hospitality in the hall,
the genial fire of friendship in the heart.
- Washington Irving
HAPPY NEW YEAR!