Saturday, 5 September 2015

Late Summer work

This week our brilliant volunteer Pete came and helped us to prepare and deliver some firewood loads to local customers in Much Wenlock. This involved carrying ropes and chains up the steep slope, tying them onto lengths of timber and then using the tractor mounted winch to drag the lengths down the slope out of the woods. 

After we have got the timber onto the track we cross-cut it using chainsaws, stack it by hand on the track side ready to take another day or load it straight onto the trailer and deliver it to our customers. It is pretty intensive work but it is great because you can see what you have achieved, it it brilliant exercise, you often get a beautiful view and sometimes if we are lucky we get a cup of tea and piece of cake from our customers! 
Alistair cross-cutting

Also at the beginning of the week, while walking up Blakeway hollow to check on our flock of sheep, I spotted this beautiful male speckled wood butterfly and after patiently following him fluttering around, for what seemed like forever, he decided to land and I got a quick photograph on my mobile. This year, despite slightly temperamental weather, I have also seen little skippers, gatekeepers, green-veined whites, meadow browns and many more butterflies. The Much Wenlock car park is a great place to spot them, sitting on thistles and black knapweed flowers. 

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