Monday, February 09, 2009


It's been uncharacteristically hot, but no more bush fires in Nelson.

In the still, sunny, hot hours of Sunday, we had to haul all our firewood from our driveway pm the southwestern corner of our small property, up a flight of stairs, to the northeastern corner outside the kitchen. We had to make way for a skip that the builders will bring on Tuesday, as the demolition of our existing wood burner (fire place with a lit) and concrete chimney commences. The wood burner is still in a pretty good nick, but it doesn't comply with Nelson's clean air regulations. Once we got the ball rolling, we discovered we could have stuck with the old one for one more winter, but what the heck, we may truly not be able to afford the swap a year from now, so here goes.

The new one is a twee-looking standalone, something that would look good in a cottage with hand-knitted doilies, but we had no choice as we wanted to keep our wetback, and the new one will be easier to clean and replace parts. In the meantime, farewell to our more-or-less modern looking heater. Thank for the many cold evenings sitting in front of you staring at the flames and talking with friends and family. You've been far more entertaining than the telly.

Ben and I send our sincere sympathy and good wa to our friends on the East Coast of Australia.


  1. Well, I bet you are glad THAT chore is done! Good exercise, no doubt. Hope your new wood stove (as we call them here) is wonderful and brings you more happy times by the fire when next fall and winter come on. Looks like you've already got a good supply laid in, too.
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  2. Yeah, Kim, it was a bi trying after we were about halfway done with it, but I'm glad we stuck with it. Still very, very hot, though.

  3. That has to be one of the neatest and tidiest wood piles I've seen for a while! Yes nothing like sitting next to an open fire on a cold night with friends and maybe a nice bottle of wine :)

  4. Will this last long? And does it attract spiders?

  5. Well, thank you, Pete.

    Kris, it depends. When both of us worked outside the house, this much, (a cord, whatever that means, but possibly 6 square meters,) lasted us a winter and a little bit. After I started working at home, depending on how cold it's been, we've needed 1.5 to 2 cords, but we've always just some left over.

    Spiders are all over with or without wood - in New Zealand it's actually not a bad thing to have spiders because it means your environment is not moist. But yes, by spring, when we're using the last bit of wood, some pieces will be somewhat of a semi-rural bug communities, but not alarmingly so.


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