Today, Saturday, I continued to work on providing our firewood needs and in freeing up some hard mast trees. Soon, March will arrive and my Saturdays will be filled with river smallmouth trips and some native brook trout fishing, but, for now, I want to finish some timber cutting chores.
The first task was to cut up an ash that crashed into a ladder stand several years ago. The wood has seasoned nicely, though the stand has long since made its way to a recycling bin. After that, I cut up a downed oak and a fallen ironwood tree. Ironwood must be the hardest wood I have ever tried to saw through.
While toting the wood back to Elaine's and my house, I spotted a small oak that I had never noticed before. Four small red cedars and two Virginia pines encircled the four-foot-tall oak, so I felled them all in order to give the young oak a real chance to grow and hopefully thrive. I just really enjoy releasing a tree so that it can perhaps reach its potential.
After that it was time to babysit my grandson and to watch North Carolina host UVA - which resulted in a Tarheel victory. Nothing momentous happened today, but it was surely a great way to spend a Saturday.