A spot of wood cutting


Thursday 12 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Having pruned over 250 trees this season, I can finally declare that job to be behind me, at last. It’s been a long slog, not because of the work, but because of the prolonged rains we’ve had, hence I’m a month behind schedule. Oh well, all done now 🙂

Whilst most of the citrus trees thankfully only needed a tidy up this year, a fair number of the olive trees required some serious regenerative pruning. One positive outcome of all this is a restocking of the firewood for winter burning. You can get an idea of what I mean from the cut section of trunk in these photos.






When the olive branches are still green, it’s not too hard to remove the leaf bearing rubbish from the usable wood. But just look at the volume created – as in this one tree under which our Bonzo lives.




To do this, out comes one of my trusty old machetes – sharpened in the workshop on a grinder wheel each session. It’s a pretty evil tool, but excellent for the job in hand…






No near misses this year, all digits still in place (we won’t mention previous years), but the sign of a good session is always a fair few blisters; just to prove some work really was carried out I always reckon!




All around the farm there are piles of branches and logs that I’ll need to collect up before the ploughing can be done. For these olive trees, the only bug bear is that they all need to be hefted to the top of that bank – which is far steeper than the photograph seems to show – more good exercise on the menu then I guess 🙂






11 thoughts on “A spot of wood cutting

  1. […] for regeneration, and lopped a few branches from wild Bay trees, the last job is to collect up all the wood. By hand it would take some serious time and effort, with up to 200 metres over rocky orchard to […]


  2. The Rider says:

    That is hard work! So good to finish it!


  3. Gill McGrath says:

    ouch ! hard work blisters! (interesting post though)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lamputts says:

    Do you wear gloves of some kind?


  5. VK2FMIA says:

    nothing like a few blisters at the end of a days work. good to see the hand tools at work!.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. dayphoto says:

    Winter work is exhausting…we are starting to wind down…to gear up for SPRING work. Just like you are!

    Linda ★★

    Oh, by the way… a small tin of 8 bay leaves is $3,99 here.. I checked. You are blessed!


  7. joannesisco says:

    I’m tired now. I think I need to go rest 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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