Thursday, May 27, 2010

A toad for T

Steve brought the Allis-Chalmers tractor to the timber today. Yay!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Tractor driving practice

Dad and I intended to move the tractor to the timber today. I got some good driving practice. But, when we tried to load it on the trailer, we found we needed a few more inches on the trailer. We'll need to try again another day with a bigger truck.

All in all, a nice hot day in the sun.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Last of Four Morels

I found four Morels after over an hour of searching. This is the last one I found and the largest.  It was very nice to find any, but I still don't have the secret for really timing my search and finding them.  It is a great excuse to hang in the woods in any event.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day 2010

On May day, we got to the timber for our first search for morels this season.  Unfortunately, we didn't find any. But, we did see many wild flowers and many more Garlic Mustard plants.  We did see Jack-in-the-Pulpit, yellow and purple violets, "trout" lily, May Apple, and even a few dandelions.

We also found that several trees lost their tops this past winter and a large Red Oak and White Oak went down.  The Red Oak had severe rot at the base and may not have any saw logs at all.  The White Oak was the lesser of two trunks and would have at least one log if Steve can get it before too long.

I also have much clean up work to do from many years without substantial firewood harvest.  I sure wish that Grandpa was still here making his firewood runs.