We’re having a rather typical English Winter, wet and cold, not much snow at all, or even frost. Rather grey, so when the sun shines through the trees covered in raindrops, it looks rather pretty.
All the rain makes the river run high and as it washes away the sand the early Spring plants show through, rather too early.
These are butterburrs which will be in their ‘other planet’ bloom in a couple of months time. The snow drops are much more seasonal. I reckon these get washed down into the wood fron gardens upstream.
All this moist atmosphere makes for much moss and ferns.
This one looks almost humanoid.
Here’s some sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus) I’m making into a duck bowl, hopefully.
It has an interesting orange hue in the more mature inner wood, not sure if it will stay longer term.
Here’s some work in hand.
On Thursday (my Friday) after above photo was taken, I discovered that a spoon neck gouge is rather better than a knife or a drawknife for the tricky shaping of the neck and tail transitions where the grain direction is rather like the transition between the handle and bowl when carving a spoon except a much bigger area and challenge. Watch this space.
Quack, quack. As the lady mallard ducks have started repetitively calling around here.
The best thing about being on holiday is that you can do a bit of work for relaxation from holidaying. On Christmas’ Day Even a high wind blew and brought down an old ash tree that has been a creaking gate for some years (I remember a bough falling off it when I was a child about 50 years ago).
It fell rather inconveniently partly into The Leeds Liverpool Canal, almost blocking the way:
It looked much worse before we started clearing it out with a handy winch, all my straps and a couple of chain saws. It was a wonder, really that the tree had managed to stand up so long, the root-ball was almost entirely rotten.
I’m not an expert on tree fungi, but this one has been at work on the tree for a long time, and I’m expecting the stem to be at least partly hollow.
Most of the wood will end up in my log store, but there maybe a chance of getting out a couple of planks with the BIG SAW and Alaskan mill. The thinning chain saw is certainly going to need a good sharpening, even though the muddy logs that had embedded in the bottom of the canal were avoided.
I’ve brushed off the worst of the mud and the wind and rain now falling should help out a lot finishing the job. We’re certainly going to have plenty of good ash logs for some time.
And then fortuitously our neighbour’s fence blew down too, so that’s the kindling sorted out for this Winter too. Just a bit short of newspaper now …