The Art of Snipping Kindling

Posted by Francesca

The farm crew has been really busy with all of their winter chores and one of them is winter pruning.  As you know, we have several apple trees and it’s really important to cut back last year’s new growth in order to stimulate the fruit-bearing limbs.  Pruning the apple trees means you have lots of cut branches which, when snipped to size, make excellent kindling.  I found Gyurme doing this the other day, so I pitched in to help.

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It's that time of year when the fruit trees need pruning and from the look of things, quite a bit has been snipped.

1 It's that time of year when the fruit trees need pruning and from the look of things, quite a bit has been snipped.

We try not to waste anything at the farm and I have a strong notion of how these branches will be used.

2 We try not to waste anything at the farm and I have a strong notion of how these branches will be used.

Gyurme, am I correct in assuming that you are snipping this fruitwood into the appropriate size for Martha's kindling?

3 Gyurme, am I correct in assuming that you are snipping this fruitwood into the appropriate size for Martha's kindling?

Well, in that case, I am more than happy to help.  I find this job so gratifying!  You, of course, want this kindling stacked with the firewood?

4 Well, in that case, I am more than happy to help. I find this job so gratifying! You, of course, want this kindling stacked with the firewood?

This beautiful split wood, unfortunately, came from beautiful stately trees knocked over by the tornado!  Did you know that a full stacked cord of wood should have a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3)?

5 This beautiful split wood, unfortunately, came from beautiful stately trees knocked over by the tornado! Did you know that a full stacked cord of wood should have a volume of 128 cubic feet (3.62 m3)?

Wow!  Who knows how many cords this is!  No wonder we need so much kindling!

6 Wow! Who knows how many cords this is! No wonder we need so much kindling!

Look at this nice bundle of kindling I made.

7 Look at this nice bundle of kindling I made.

However, there is just one problem - how am I going to get it under the tarp to protect the kindling from the elements?

8 However, there is just one problem - how am I going to get it under the tarp to protect the kindling from the elements?

Of course!  Good old reliable, Gyurme!

9 Of course! Good old reliable, Gyurme!

Won't Martha be proud when I tell her about this!  I just have a little issue, however.  When the fire is lit, the cats always come to sit by it.  But, who did all the work?  They might learn to say thank you.

10 Won't Martha be proud when I tell her about this! I just have a little issue, however. When the fire is lit, the cats always come to sit by it. But, who did all the work? They might learn to say thank you.

Comments (5)

  • My Mother always told me, "Waste not, want not." Sad about the trees but you now have kindling to last throughout the winter. Franny you look good overseeing this project but *ahem* looks like Sharkey and GK left this all to your doings. No cozy fire for them until they lift their paws too. Same for those cats.

    Reading MommyM's blog, sounds like it was a peaceful, restful weekend for everyone. I hope you are feeling well Franny. Remember: snuggles and slurpy kisses will do you and MommyM some good. :smile:

  • Hello Ladies,
    First, I must say you always look so beauuuutiful, even dressed for cutting wood.What a help you are to Mama Martha, and everyone forgets that you must be recovering from the "incident" as well as Mama. She seemed good on the show yesterday, so I know you girls took good care of her over the snow storm. I noticed also that G.K. sitting so noble like, is still on a leash. Is he too much of a free spirit to get off of it? You girls learned at such an early age to be in control I must say. We are due for a few more inches of snow tomorrow night and more on the weekend. Don't know how much yet. Everyone keep warm. Glad to have you back, Zoe, but where is my Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow friend? Someone tell us how she is--please. She is my very good friend also. All of you waggers are just the best.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a weekend I had. It rained and then it rained again. It didn’t rain really hard; just enough to keep me from walking. I had visitors yesterday. Two little girls came to visit me. Now I really do like little girls but not little boys. When I was little, some boys threw rocks at me. I have never forgotten that. Things were going really good until the girls started yelling at one another. I tried to settle them down but Daddy said that wasn’t my place. Their mother stepped in and they got really quiet really fast. That mother is a miracle worker.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • What a helpful pup you are Francesca! I just learned something too...I didn't know you can prune apple trees in the winter and use fruit-wood for kindling.

    It makes me happy to know you waste nothing...a big pet peeve of mine coming from my childhood during the war, we lost everything, had no food, so when we came to America we wasted nothing, and I adhere to that to this day.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., MS Francesca, you did a fantastic job helping Gyurme cut many of those small apple twigs for kindling that Martha can use to start fires in her fireplaces!! Sure looks like the two of you had a fun time and I'll bet Martha will be very thankful of your work and maybe even the cats will appreciate it, too!! I know I would be thankful, because I love to lay in front of my Mom's wood stove after she builds a terrific, warm fire. Sure hope you are feeling better now that Martha is doing so much better! Take care, stay warm and have a great day!!! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

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