It was planned for weeks if not months to go down into the pine patch and collect all those pinecones while still dry – ready to be used or sold for the winter to come.

As it happened, other things always had priority and so sommer went, autumn went and winter came together with rain and wetness – not really time to collect wet pine cones.

A few days ago there was finally a window with no rain and a bit of time, so managed to fill 4 feed bags with pine cones. They will be stored under the house until dry. We still have some bags from last year that we will be selling off to the community if anybody wants or needs them. It’s a bit of pocket money for the child.

In case you don’t know: Pine cones are excellent fire starters, full of resin and a rather large surface, thus burn really well, long and hot.

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