I made another two hedgehogs - they are now a cute family of three as I have run out of the mink coloured wool for the bodies.
The pattern was from this blog and was very easy to follow. I like following patterns from other people's blogs as you know they will work as other people have tried and tested them. This was as far as I got today as...................
................our winter wood supply turned up this afternoon! Happy days!!!!!!!!!
Last year we paid £175 for approx 2 1/4 cubic meters of wood. It wasn't totally seasoned and we had to pay another £110 for a cubic meter of kiln dried logs which were ready to use straight away. TOTAL - £285 for 3 1/4 cubic meters of logs. We considered it "free" as last year we had refund of £311 from NPower.
left - 2 1/4 cubic meters of wood
right - 1 cubic meter of kiln dried logs
Looking on the internet we found another supplier who wanted £80 per cubic meter of seasoned wood. We have been e-mailing him since June asking for information regarding delivery with no response. When we phoned him he said he was going to get back to us once he had chopped an oak tree down! - that is NOT seasoned wood and no good for us :-(
We changed tact and instead of looking at "seasoned wood suppliers" we looked at "tree surgeons/arboricultural contractors". We phoned a company at the end of last week requesting info on approx two cubic meters of logs - he said they were £60 per cubic meter of seasoned logs and he could do delivery TODAY!!!!!!!!!!
This year we had another refund from NPower (£257) so once again our logs have cost us "nothing".
Two cubic meters (£120) delivered looks like this.....................
Mom and dad remember last year when we had everyone come and help us shift the logs?
This year we managed between the four of us. Anais worked the hardest, next door laughed at Roman who carried one log at a time while Anais was loaded down with bags of logs! Mark took the kids to Asda halfway through moving the logs to buy a big bag of sweets each as a well done for working so hard. He also hired them a film to watch online when they got back "The Amazing Spiderman" - while we finished off.
Instead of stacking the wood straight away in the log store we only stacked what could go straight in the log burner. Anything that was exceptionally big was left on the patio and Mark chopped up with the axe. Then and only then was it added to the log store. All wood in the log store is now ready to burn straight away - it won't need chopping mid winter.
The log store on Monday looked like this...................
Remember we also have the new log store under the side of the house piled to the brim with last years wood supply which is also ready to burn NOW
P.S thanks to Anais and Roman who when they were in Asda picking a big bag of chocolates each thought to bring me back a Yankee Candle wax tart - Pantry Spice - mmmmmm it smells of winter. I said I will burn it when we light Fred for the first time/closer to Christmas
(8PM and it is dark already)