Yes, you read that title right...Mr. and Mrs. Fanatic have been busy splitting wood this weekend instead of working on decorating a bedroom or working on a project for our foyer.
Way back in April, I told your about the 85 ft. tall oak that had to come down. We hired someone to drop it, but it would have been several hundred dollars more to take haul it away, so Mr. Fanatic would cut it up with his new manly chain saw when ever he got a chance. Problem is, most of it still needed to be cut up and it would have taken forever using a chain saw, so....
We rented a gas powered, 27 ton log splitter...Gotta love more power!
This powerful machine had no problem splitting the massive wood logs
And, yes, I actually got in there and split logs.(Always remember to wear your safety equipment!)
We would just split them in half, then split them again and again, until they were it useable pieces.
The pile in the foreground is oak and we split all of that, plus 1/2 of the stack behind it. There's also another stack the same size right behind the one you see, but Mr. F. cut that before this weekend.
Now y'all know why we want to get a wood stove!
We also split a couple of small cedar trees. This wood smells sooooooo good! I might have to have Mr. Fanatic cut some of these logs up smaller to put in my drawers.
The grain in some of the oak closer to the trunk was pretty amazing.
Some small poplar trees were split, as well.
The diameter of the tree at the trunk is 3 feet across. It's hollow inside, so I thought I would use it as a container and grow some plants in it.
We saved five of the cut pieces of the logs and set them along the path to the creek. They make a nice place to sit and rest on the way back up the hill to the house.
When we were all finished splitting logs, we built a small fire and sat for a few...
Our Sammy came out to say hi. He's sitting on the deck stairs in the previous photo.
Lots of leaves to blow still, but they will have to wait til next week.
Our Japanese Maple has turned a beautiful shade of burgundy and is one of the last deciduous trees to lose it's leaves in our yard.
I'll leave you with my favorite photo of the day...The ajuga growing next to our patio looks so gorgeous among the fallen leaves.
(All photos were taken with Mr. F's Android.)
Hope you had a terrific weekend!