With a lot of help from our friends…

We managed to split twelve cords of firewood this weekend!  That will be enough to last us for three winters.

We could not have done this without the help of friends – Chris calculated that it took 60 combined hours of work this weekend.

The work weekend started Friday night after work with our friends Chris N. and Rob L. helping to run the splitter and move wood.

Saturday they came over again to help, along with Jon C.  Jon’s 2 1/2 year old son William also came over to watch. He was so good – he sat in one spot for 2 hours fascinated by the wood splitter.

There was a small accident Saturday afternoon.  Rob got his finger pinched between a piece of wood and the bottom of the splitter.  Thankfully it didn’t break or get cut, but it will be sore for a while.

On Sunday we had the help of Mark M., Mike M., and Rebecca.  We had just met Rebecca Friday night, but she was kind enough to come to almost-strangers’ house and help to stack wood all Sunday afternoon. It was also nice to spend time with Mark as he will be moving away for work soon.

All weekend we talked about how wonderful it is that friends and new friends are willing to come over and help when a group effort is needed.  These work weekends are not as common as they were in the past, but  it’s so nice when they do happen.

By 5 o’clock on Sunday we were mostly done. All that is left is a half a cord or so of wood that is frozen in thick ice.  We finished the weekend with a fire and dinner outside on the patio. A great ending to to a productive weekend.

Thank you again Chris, Rob, Jon, Mark, Mike, and Rebecca!


7 thoughts on “With a lot of help from our friends…

  1. It would be nice if everyone could pitch in like this every time someone was in need but it’s sad to say it’s more of a rarity these days. Thank goodness you had a wood splitter or you might still be there splitting logs. 😀 Love your blog and the getting back to a simpler way of life. Take care and stay safe.

    • Yes, definitely more of a rarity these days, probably why it seems so special when it does happen. We’re building a woodshed this summer, I’m hoping we get lots of helping hands then too 🙂

      Thanks for visiting my blog – I’ve enjoyed reading your posts too.

  2. This is probably one of my favourites of your posts! it reminds me of the old-fashion ‘barn-raising’ that I’ve read about.

    So nice to have such dear friends to come and help out…and a ‘almost’ stranger to boot! that is community spirit!!

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