The roof trusses have sprouted steel roof sheets.
It wasn’t any trouble, even though I did lose 7 pounds in one day.
A few more screws wouldn’t hurt when the weather is better, but that will be it for the Last Roof that I plan to build.
Two things I had never seen before: a turpentine catface burning, and a guide metal for a McCoy turpentine cup.
This was during and the day after our prescribed burn of December 21, 2023.
Also, this catface was on a loblolly, not a longleaf pine.
And since it was hacked into the tree during the Great Depression, in the turpentining that paid off the mortgage on the farm, in the 85 or so years since the tree had grown out around it, yet left the actual catface exposed. Continue reading
Update 2023-12-29: Afterburn 2023-12-22.
We got the band back together!
Thanks to Abigail Barzallo for sending two helpers for this prescribed burn.
Those who do not live in a fire forest like ours, and who do not understand prescibed burns, please read this, Prescribed Fire, Longleaf Alliance:
Frequent, low intensity, and often large scale, surface fires were the dominant factor in shaping the longleaf pine ecosystems across the historical range. This frequent fire regime, over generations, selected for longleaf pine’s fire-resistant attributes.
Prescribed fire may be the best management tool that we have for attaining range-wide restoration and management of longleaf pine ecosystems. Increased frequency of fire leads to more diversity and abundance of grasses and forbs; seasonality of burn also plays a role but is secondary to frequency.
This wedge that I cut out of a deadfall pine tree that morning to get it out of a firebreak was fascinating to the helpers.
Max counted 92 rings. I counted 80. How many do you count? Continue reading
Some old roads from a century ago are still in the woods in north central Lowndes County.
On this 1917 soil map of Lowndes County, Hambrick Road runs east from Hagan Bridge to Cat Creek Road, as it still does today. In the center of the map, running south from Hambrick Road, is an old road that I keep open in my woods. The other day we used a bit of it for a firebreak in a prescribed burn.
Soil Map, Georgia, Lowndes County Sheet, Record ID cmf0373, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1917, in County Maps, Surveyor General, RG 3-9-66, Georgia Archives.
The house marked just north across Hambrick Road from that old road is still there. That was probably Fisher Gaskins’ house. I will ask his descendants.
That old woods road is between two creeks that are still there: Redeye Creek to its west, and Toms Branch to its right. They both end up in the Withlacoochee River floodplain.
Toms Branch is just east of the east part of Quarterman Road. Most of the rest of that road was already there in some form or other, although the south part of it, that currently runs straight east and west, did not run like that.
And notice all the other roads that are no longer open to the public. Continue reading
Gretchen has so many cast iron pots and pans that they’re hard to find in drawers and cabinets, so we’ve taken to hanging them on walls.
Here she is admiring the result:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLk2OxkA4UvzMy9YWoMkxRsDgmVDgoX6v&si=jIqUJQekM7Z6bKKp Continue reading
Sugar cane cutting and bedding.
Everybody used to use a small child and a Prius C, right?
Trapped one possum.
There are more under the house.
Now to set the trap again.
And maybe the dogs can catch some.
The ones we trap, we take far enough away they won’t come back.
We can bring you some, if you like.
Fair warning: they eat insulation from electrical wires and cause shorts.