We have a pile of firewood on the deck. That isn’t where we keep the firewood, mind you, but there it is. It came from under the big old spruce tree. That isn’t where we keep it either. It migrated to its spot under the tree from the pile next to the garage. We usually keep the firewood in the garage, not next to it. The pile is smaller than it was a while ago.
We got a load of firewood delivered last summer. We let it sit in a pile, near the garage but not right next to it, for several months. Once it was clear that winter would not hold off any longer, I moved it into its neat stacks in the garage. I ran into a problem, of course. The logs that were against the ground were muddy, gunked up with our clay soil. So I took those pieces and made a smaller pile as I worked. I ended up with a pile of muddy chunks.
I left the mud encrusted heating fuel there all winter. I thought I might move it once it got dry enough to move under cover. But it never got dry enough. Then the logs got frozen. And it snowed. And I left them there. When spring arrived and the children started to muck about outside without snow, they decided that firewood makes excellent building material for houses and other imaginary buildings.
That is how the wood found its way to the spruce tree. New construction, using recycled materials, were used for the new building on the deck. It was not as practical a building as they might have built, but I was proud of my children for their sustainable building practices. The building has fallen out of use, and its remains were piled up. I am waiting for the clean up crew to manage the debris.
The muddy wood pile is now fairly dry. The mud has fallen off. I need to move that pile out from the flower bed. Leaving it there could become a problem soon. The children will need to find other sustainable building materials. I am going to burn these.