A while ago, we had a large tree chopped down on our rental property, as it was rotten in the middle and not safe.
Not wanting to waste the wood, we got them to leave the chopped tree for firewood.
You may remember it?
Following on from this, my gorgeous wife and I, along with a couple of family and friends hired a hydraulic chopper and chopped and stacked the wood at the rental property so it was not in the road of our tenants. It turns out we had 20 cubic metres or 10 tonnes of wood!
Well we needed to move it from the rental property to the farm. So on Saturday, 11 of our loving friends and family members came and threw the chopped wood in to the back of the truck. We formed two human chains and it still took two hours to load. It finally looked like this:
Just so you know, it is seven metres from the back of the truck to the front of the truck. It was one big load!
Then my brother (the one who had the truck license and threw wood around like it was paper mache) and a couple of friends joined my gorgeous wife and I as we slowly drove two hours to the farm.
Then the five of use just threw the wood off the truck and into the pile. (Wood fans will be happy to know it was elevated off the ground so the bottom layer won't rot).
Being a control freak, I wanted to stack it neatly. I was quickly out voted and boy am I pleased I was. Simply throwing it off took over two hours.
Here are the Merry Men on the wood pile.
"So what", I hear you say.
Fair enough too. While I don't want to show off about our wood pile (although you have to admit it is pretty impressive), there are a couple of things that occurred to me during the massive wood moving day.
Have a strategy - We started planning this weeks out. We tried for easier options but this approach was most cost effective. We had to get the team, the truck, the truck licensed driver, and the snacks coordinated for the day.
People will help if you ask for it, even for the difficult stuff - It was hard yakka loading the truck. We had family and friends of all ages picking up sizable pieces of wood and just throwing it to the next person for two hours straight!
You can make anything fun - it was hard work but there were a lot of laughs. The fun made the work more tolerable and the company made it more enjoyable.
Look after yourself and others - as we were throwing and human chaining plenty of people were swapping positions, turning around and calling for others to do so as well so that no one person had to bear a big load
Stay the Path - driving the truck was interesting. We knew we had a heavy load, we knew we would be slower, we knew we had to swing out wide for corners, we knew the truck was high so we had to look out for branches crossing the road - no one else knew these things. We got a few toots for our speed, turns and lane changes but we were fine with that because we knew the consequences of not driving safe would be significant.
So now we are ready for some fires - probably about 20 years worth! Although the process to get it there was a fair bit of hard work, it was extremely enjoyable and rewarding.
So a huge thanks to our family and friends for helping. You are legends!
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