In the fall we had cut down a large amount of Poplar trees that were taking over the yard. Most of the wood went into our woodshed to season for the 2017 or 2018 winter heating. The rest of the limbs and broken pieces that are not good for burning in our furnace got put into a large pile and tarped for the winter. We figured once there was enough snow on the ground and cabin fever had set in we would wait for beautiful sunny day and then light the sucker. 😊
Today was the perfect day!
The day started out at -17c and cloudy. By 10am it reached -2c and sunshine in the strong blue sky. ☉
We all bundled up and set out to light our bonfire. First task was removing the tarp. The weight of the snow and ice had compressed the 6ft high brush pile into a 3ft one. It also meant the tarp had frozen to the ground. Thankfully it was an old holey tarp, which meant cutting it down the middle and peeling it open didn’t make us feel too bad. Milena helped crush and dig the snow away from the edges for us.
Once we finally got the tarp pulled away and the fire lit. The relaxing began. Out came the battered and broken camping chairs.
Milena brought out her Dad’s Tonka toys(circa 1978’ish) and had a blast. Seren sat and wrote in her journal and read a book called “Ghost Soldiers” all under the protective and watchful eyes of Mr.Odin.
We pruned dead Poplar branches and started clean up behind our woodshed. Ugh! So much fucking junk. Excuse the language, but after the amount of junk we have cleaned up on this property in the past 2yrs I am so tired of it. I lost count of the amount of trips to the dump. It makes me so sad and a tad twitchy.😜 Anyways, as I was saying…we started cleaning the old shed up. There is rotting lumber, garbage, old rotting engine parts and other …stuff. Bill removed the lumber and we threw it on the fire. 🔥🔥Ahhhh🔥🔥
By 2:30pm most of the fire was roaring nicely and it was +4c out. Gorgeous and warm. It made me crave Spring, but I am okay if it snows again. It means that we can have another smaller fire without worrying about sparks.
At 4pm we cooked hotdogs on the BBQ. Our roasting sticks were kind of frozen into the ground at the garden fire pit. Oops. 😆 That’s okay. We BBQ’d the hotdogs and ate them around the fire. Mmm…
We watched the sun sink slowly into the horizon before calling it a day and heading inside.
It was a beautiful day of memories made and my heart full.💙💚 I sent New Moon intentions up with the flames, shrouded in sweet smelling smoke and ash floating in the air currents. ☄
I will leave you now with one last photo…Happy New Moon blessing to you all.🌑🌚