The temperature will be in the nineties today, but John is getting ready for winter. He's using scrap lumber to repair the rotting shed. Underneath this patchwork of re-cycled boards is another patchwork--floor, sills, stringers. We keep our kindling in the shed so it's important to have it dry. The shed needs a new gutter. John wants to use half-round galvanized--not easy to find. Nailed to the door of the shed is a horseshoe. Where did he find it?
There's wood waiting to be stacked. It will take a year to dry before it's ready to burn in our parlor stove.
Not so this kindling, split from old floorboards. It will burn on a few sheets of newspaper.
If the furnace should stop, we'll have plenty of wood. I like the heat of the woodstove best in the fall before the furnace kicks in. It takes the chill off, makes the kettle steam. When I open its door, I see the gorgeous flames: red, yellow, blue, white. But right now I'll watch the garden blaze.