Monday, 4 April 2022

Winter 2022/2023

 I went for a short walk with DB and Ruby to our woods on Saturday to gather pine cones. We got just one carrier bag, more later in the year:

The tray they are drying out on measures 2' x 1' (60cm x 30cm). Once dry they will be stored away. They make excellent kindling, saving a bit of kindling wood and newspaper. Also, if the fire has burned down too much, you can revive it with them.

Bending up and down didn't do me much good however. On the way back, Ruby ran off into a deep ditch full of sticky black mud. We know from experience it is difficult to remove. Anyhow, once home, she was hosed down, shampooed, hosed, shampooed and finally hosed again. She was as clean as she was going to get.

I came indoors and had to sit down. my pulse was 110 and my oxygen levels had dropped to 95. Nothing too precarious but I was shaking and felt dreadful. Same thing happened Sunday morning, bending over to wash my hair.

I am still tired and the dreaded green catarrh is also making a bit of a comeback so I shall have to start treating that again. Blimey, when will it end!


9 comments:

  1. Whatever you've had is really hanging on. Hope it all clears up and goes away for good, very soon.

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    1. Me too. In myself I feel fine but tired. Thank you.

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  2. I am curious and pardon me if you have explained before, but what is the object in your title photo (sticks with some sort of markers on them)?

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    1. It was from my BA in Fine Art course and represents a piece of music. It can be used to play from but obviously without the tempo. Long gone!

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    2. Fascinating. Thank you.

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  3. I will have to let our oldest son know about pinecones being a great fire starter. He even has a pine in his yard.

    God bless.

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    1. They work best with a bit of wood kindling and paper but they do reduce the use of those.

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  4. It sounds as though you are still in the recovery period from this awful thing you've had, it's so hard when all you want to do is back to normal isn't it.

    I don't know if you burn nightlights and candles much, but if you do have you ever poured the last little bits of wax into your pine cones once they have completely dried out, it makes them an even better firelighter. And if your melted candles were scented ones it makes for a much nicer smell when you use them than traditional firelighters.

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    1. I don’t burn candles much but that’s a great tip, thank you.

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