Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Log retrieval

Just for the sake of completeness of record, Dave and I went back to Throstle Green Farm to retrieve all the logs cut last weekend. They are now safely drying in our log store.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Colne Valley Tree Society curry club - inaugural meeting.

Stephen, with his "Dave stick" for getting the right log lengths.
Photo by Geoff.

This morning we were at Throstle Green Farm, for our now traditional pre-Christmas woodland management session. We were: young Ben, Hap, Cath, Jess, Dan, Dianne and Lizzie the dog, Peter, Duncan and Harvey the dog, Stephen K., Philip, Dave, Geoff, Stephen G., myself, Guy and John.

We spent the morning pruning oaks and cutting down Ash, Alder and Poplar. It was unseasonally mild, but the promised torrential rain did not arrive. Home made mince pies at 11am.

At 12.30 we retired to the Sair, where Mandy and her son were waiting with vegetable curry for all.

It was a very nice way to end the CVTS 2015.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Dave hatted, Geoff gurning, Ben bemused, Dianne oblivious, Hap louche.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A bit wet.

Looks quite nice in this shot. It wasn't.
Today we were in Marsden. Weather was poor, to say the very least. But we had an excellent turnout. Duncan and Harvey the dog, myself, Philip, Geoff, Hap, Vashti, Neil and Sarah, Dianne, Peter, Stephen, Andrew, Ben, and young Ben.

This was a pretty masochistic morning even by our standards, but we planted 105 Alder and 105 Goat Willow.

Ann turned up at 11am with homemade jam scones. Sarah provided homemade veggie sausage rolls. Dave provided knock-off Irish Creme liqueur (admittedly quite a good Supermarket own brand).

Geoff's after picture.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Do you suffer from excessive wind?

Geoff's group portrait. Stephen possessed by the spirit of Jack Hargreaves. How!

...we certainly did this morning. While not receiving the promised rain we were victim to this gulf stream related vigorous Westward wind. But we soldiered on.

We went back to Copley Bank to finish planting there. We took 15 Common Oak, 30 Hazel, and 30 Rowan - but supplemented these with some small self grown stock of more Oak and Rowan. We planted all this at intervals along the whole length of the bank, amongst the Hawthorn already planted. Hopefully this will result, one day, in a decent hedge with feature trees.

We were: myself, Hap, Steve, Stephen, Peter W., Geoff, Philip, Tanya, Jess, John and Dave.

Cake was coffee walnut.

Guy was at Throstle Green Farm preparing for our traditional Christmas wood fuel session.

There may have been some Senior Section activity elsewhere this morning, but that remains unconfirmed at present.

Bobby the barman had a mysterious rash, so if we all come down with Chickenpox/Shingles we know who to blame.