Yes, it’s that time of the year. We’re completely overrun by outside jobs to tend to before winter, only more so than usual. The list is long, thanks to our greenhouse ‘collapse’ and a minor invasion of wild parsnip, as well as a serious lack of time for being outside.
In the meantime, we need to look after seasonal jobs that can’t be ignored, like getting our firewood into nicely stacked piles in and around the house for easy access. This year PetKid took the lead with chucking logs down our homemade log chute, while older son helped when he could with stacking.
Technically an inside job, my husband and youngest also gave our woodstove a thorough clean the other evening, and assessed our Ironheart to see what parts might need replacing this year (gaskets being the obvious choice).
Thankfully, our Ironheart burns so cleanly that when my husband swept the chimney recently, he wondered why he had bothered. At least it’s another job done.