Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Feeling It

It was a perfect day for it; I just wasn't expecting it.  The morning was cool with a light overcast and none of the wind and high temp of the previous day.  Last week Helper Dude and I had discussed the need to set off the burn pile sometime soon before burn season closed.  He was to call me later this week.  Three goats done and two to go when HD drove up on his John Deere mower, trailer behind.  "I was in the neighborhood and thought we might burn today."  (In the neighborhood??!!  I must admire this young man's ambition.)  "Okay, but I can't leave the barn just now.  The hose is there, the rake and shovel are there.  You can get started and I'll be up as soon as I finish with the girls."  I usually sit and take a breather after bringing the buckets to the house, but Michael had lit the fire so I joined him.

It should be mentioned that the burn pile was a year's accumulation of weeds, limbs and twigs and about 6x8 feet by 4 feet high (small by Fair Play standards).  Flames reach up over 10 feet and the heat is intense.  Fire creates its own wind and burning leaves can fly high and head over the field or toward the feed barn and must be shot down with water.  The pile must be tended until the flames die back.  HD kept an eye out while I began to bring more deadwood from over by and behind the chicken pen and in the orchard.  My plan (why do I bother?) had been to take my time over a couple of days to get this done, but I wasn't about to lose an opportunity.  I gathered and hauled load after load up the slope in the big yard cart, muscles in legs and back complaining.  We traded places and HD dragged the larger limbs to cut up with his chainsaw to throw on the pile.  He used the rake to push the edges in and stir the white-hot coals, followed by a column of smoke.  I'll freely admit that the heat was more than I could take that close to the pile.  It seemed to take forever before there was only a smoldering mass that could be cooled with a stream from the hose in a cloud of steam and left on its own.  In actuality, all had been accomplished in a little over two hours.  Keeping up with HD is a killer, and I'm really feeling it this morning.

I was feeling it last night, too, and the thought of Bessie Anne on my sore legs was too much to bear.  She begged, she pleaded, she whined and then barked.  "Sorry, girl, not tonight."  She wouldn't get in her chair or her sofa and she wouldn't lie on her bed and blanket.  She chose to show her feeling of rejection by turning her back and ignoring me completely.

It was another productive day.

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

Wow, it SOUNDS productive. I know just what you mean about not being prepared when the opportunity presents itself, but after it is all finished, it does feel pretty good! Now you can cross that big "to do" off of your list!