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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

First Hike of the Season

Just returned from our first hike around our forest trails, not bad out in the sun at +7 but a little chilly in shady places which are not too many yet as Maples, Ash and other hardwoods have yet to leaf out. Having run out of firewood this year I see I have a good start on where to go to get more as winter storm damage has taken the tops off several Maples, with the tops down it makes it much easier to drop the remaining 20' or so without wearing it eh. No flowers showing in the bush yet as still some snow in shady areas but should see the Hepitica and wild Leeks popping up very soon. After a winter of basically sitting on my arse the 1/2 hour or so hike certainly made me aware of how out of shape I am but the arthritic knees held up so did not have to crawl back home.
Those first few trips back with chainsaw to hand are going to be tough but I am sure both the mind and the body will be better for a little sun and exercise ........ just is not going to be a job for today!!


Scott Maxted said...

I found many weather reports that were calling for a typical Canadian winter, this one was not. So many dreary dark days, it's great to feel the warmth of the sun again. We to are just finishing up the last of our firewood, and on my first hike around the farm this spring we have so much wind fallen trees and so many more elms that have been stricken with dutch elm. I'll be putting the Deere and the STIHL to heavy use in the near future. Let me know if I can be of any help, many hands make for quick work.

Rural said...

Cleaned out quite a number of dead elms last year, good burning and pre-dried! I must get to those maple very soon to give them time to dry out as completely out of fuelwood this year, need the exercise anyway after a long very lazy winter!!