So in honour of the upcoming weather we spent a good few hours today stocking up with firewood. We should really have our own firewood block, but what with the vineyard and the native replanting (which is covenanted), we are actually quite restricted for space.
So instead todays's firewood gathering exercise came from: a griselinia hedge I wanted removed because of it's aggressive roots taking over one of my annual flower beds; a peach tree in the vegetable garden, whose days have been numbered for a while as the tree is far too susceptible to brown rot; a dead shelter belt tree in the vineyard; and some dead ngaio's in the bush.
Peach tree fire tree firewood - this has been drying for a while, but I swear the newly cut peach wood did actually smell of peaches.
However this is our most exotic firewood - and the most expensive. Only a few years ago this wine barrel cost us close to $1500. After it's time in the winery was done the barrel was sawn in half and became two garden planters, and now.... well it actually feels a little sad burning this barrel after such an illustrious start. But it's ashes will be returned to the soil after they have been composted, so I guess that's a nice full circle.
Welcome to the change of seasons.