Well, I’ll tell you that it’s about 70 degrees out there right now. For some strange reason, things warmed up and are fairly humid. I’m not complaining because there are no bugs. Summer with no bugs is a wonderful thing, as long as it doesn’t get any warmer. I complain when it gets too warm.
The leaves are changing like nuts. The oranges and yellows light things up – it looks like I’m in another world when I stand under them. No wonder people come to northern New England to see the leaves change – there are so many maple trees to give them what they’re looking for. It’s crazy.
I decided to get off my duff yesterday and start preparing for next winter in earnest. I know I’ve got a good amount of firewood still standing in the form of trees in the back, but I’m sure I could use more. With that in mind, I asked Sam and his father to drop off a pickup truck load of word for me. I think what they gave me measures about a half cord (12’x4’x16″). Not bad for $85. As the year goes on, I’m going to continue to accumulate. The wood they gave me was just cut this morning, so it’s got a lot of seasoning to do. It’s wet and very heavy maple.
And yesterday, I ran out to pick up a ton of pellets, but not before I called Tractor Supply and haggled them down from the price of $249 a ton to $215 a ton. Basically, I threatened to go straight to the plant if they didn’t lower their price. They did and I picked up my first ton of, most likely, four.
I plan on burning more firewood this winter than wood pellets, but it’s still nice to have a bunch on hand just in case. It’s not like they go bad or anything and I happen to have the storage space.
I also pounded some metal and wooden posts into the ground this morning. I did this for two reasons, 1. To force people to stop driving on the grass because I’m starting to plant small pine trees, and, 2. To assist me in locating the driveway when we get dumped on with snow this winter.
Lastly, I figured I’d give you an update picture of the back yard. This is what it looks like on September 27th in Maine.