Wood If I Could

I’m in too large a hurry to post the blog size image. Go here to see where I’m headed in a few minutes–to pick up a final load of dry wood to see us through the rest of the heating season.

And I’d better hurry, because soon it will be too WARM to cut firewood. We’re looking towards a high of 70 today.

This image is a Sunday afternoon walk along Nameless Creek (see remnants of the old rock wall along the creek) with some friends, including their two grandchildren. We climbed up to Ann’s Falls and enjoyed a brisk March day, all bundled in our coats and scarves–which frankly, I will NOT miss one bit!

UPDATE: the truck battery died, so scratch that plan (and call upon a neighbor to jump me off later today or tomorrow. Meanwhile the 1996 Dodge Dakota sits prominently over in the pasture with it’s status-building deer-dented door showing prominently. Folks will think I’m bragging. So instead of filling the back of the truck with firewood, I starting making a home for the 16 asparagus plants I bought Ann for her birthday, and have no hope the Ground Ivy and Dandelions won’t come back with a vengeance unless I mulch the heck out the 15 x 3″ strip on the south side of the garden shed.



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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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