Unglamorous as it maybe, the annual firewood harvest is one of the most important of the year. This year’s timber will need a full twelve months of drying before it is ready to burn. Pruning the trees so drastically also serves purposes other than our firewood production. Here in the north east of Catalunya we experience very strong winds sometimes hurricane force which twist and tear at the trees woody growth, capable of causing irreparable damage to the tree. The heavy limbs of the mulberry trees in our garden thrive in the Mediterranean climate and if left unchecked may cause structural damage to the house during those northerly Traumontana winds.
We have so far resisted the purchase of a chain saw, and therefore rely on pruning saws and loppers. This makes for a few days of hard work but we will feel better for it, won’t we? Well if I could find that saw we could get back to work. Carol and I are begging to feel like the Waltons with all this timber around us.