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#1 User is offline   Digger 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 08:39 PM

I was gonna call this "A Good Load" but thought that some of the minds here could have too much fun if I call it that!

I spotted some good logs earlier this week when I was down the back of my property and said to Bella, "I must go and collect those Bell". So I did that this morning and now my wood heap is looking healthy again!

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Cutting was the easy part as most of it was waaay back and had to be hauled out a tangle of trees, bracken and wombat holes. At my age it's a matter of sheer bloody mindedness to over come back pain and exhaustion but I'm driven to see it on my heap!

This what I think of as real work and this is the sort of thing I fill my days with, good old fashioned sweat on the brow stuff.

You know what? I bloody love it!
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 09:09 PM

 Digger, on 30 August 2017 - 08:39 PM, said:

I was gonna call this "A Good Load" but thought that some of the minds here could have too much fun if I call it that!

I spotted some good logs earlier this week when I was down the back of my property and said to Bella, "I must go and collect those Bell". So I did that this morning and now my wood heap is looking healthy again!

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Cutting was the easy part as most of it was waaay back and had to be hauled out a tangle of trees, bracken and wombat holes. At my age it's a matter of sheer bloody mindedness to over come back pain and exhaustion but I'm driven to see it on my heap!

This what I think of as real work and this is the sort of thing I fill my days with, good old fashioned sweat on the brow stuff.

You know what? I bloody love it!

As long as your body's equal to the task, I applaud your efforts!
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 09:53 PM

View PostOldCowboy, on 30 August 2017 - 09:09 PM, said:

As long as your body's equal to the task, I applaud your efforts!



No my body is stuffed but I'm too bloody minded to give into it!

I spend a lot of time resting on the trailer gasping and trying to settle back pain down and that just makes the sight of a good pile of wood even more satisfying. In a couple of days the back pain will have faded and we have plenty of wood for immediate needs.

I'm sick of getting older and have decided to count backwards from now on....Grin~

Thanks for your comment OC.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 11:02 AM

my back is sore now...nothing new...Posted ImagePosted Image
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 12:26 PM

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I was gonna call this "A Good Load" but thought that some of the minds here could have too much fun if I call it that!

I spotted some good logs earlier this week when I was down the back of my property and said to Bella, "I must go and collect those Bell". So I did that this morning and now my wood heap is looking healthy again!

Posted Image


Cutting was the easy part as most of it was waaay back and had to be hauled out a tangle of trees, bracken and wombat holes. At my age it's a matter of sheer bloody mindedness to over come back pain and exhaustion but I'm driven to see it on my heap!

This what I think of as real work and this is the sort of thing I fill my days with, good old fashioned sweat on the brow stuff.

You know what? I bloody love it!


Ya I love cutting wood too! You a great grandpa yet? I haven't had time to lurk here much,spending all my time with equipment repairs and haying. Last night I was cleaning the bottle calves bottles and noticed the water hose was leaking on the faucet I go to tighten it and a honeybee that was apparently getting a drink stings me in left hand,normally this isn't a big deal and only get a little redness at sting site,but this swelled my fretting hand up in an hour and still 14 hrs later its still swollen. I get stung a lot every summer but this never happens.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 01:17 PM

So you've turned into a jazz musician, eh, Dig? After all, you're now "woodshedding" to improve your "chops," right? [thumbup]
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:09 PM

View PostMr. Gibson, on 31 August 2017 - 12:26 PM, said:

Ya I love cutting wood too! You a great grandpa yet? I haven't had time to lurk here much,spending all my time with equipment repairs and haying. Last night I was cleaning the bottle calves bottles and noticed the water hose was leaking on the faucet I go to tighten it and a honeybee that was apparently getting a drink stings me in left hand,normally this isn't a big deal and only get a little redness at sting site,but this swelled my fretting hand up in an hour and still 14 hrs later its still swollen. I get stung a lot every summer but this never happens.



Anti histamines are needed, Benadryl perhaps?
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:11 PM

View PostParabar, on 31 August 2017 - 01:17 PM, said:

So you've turned into a jazz musician, eh, Dig? After all, you're now "woodshedding" to improve your "chops," right? [thumbup]



Chuckle...the only chops I'm good at these days are on the BBQ!
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 02:23 PM

View PostMr. Gibson, on 31 August 2017 - 12:26 PM, said:

Ya I love cutting wood too! You a great grandpa yet? I haven't had time to lurk here much,spending all my time with equipment repairs and haying. Last night I was cleaning the bottle calves bottles and noticed the water hose was leaking on the faucet I go to tighten it and a honeybee that was apparently getting a drink stings me in left hand,normally this isn't a big deal and only get a little redness at sting site,but this swelled my fretting hand up in an hour and still 14 hrs later its still swollen. I get stung a lot every summer but this never happens.



There's always something to do on a farm! Even a pretend one like mine!

Melissa is due this coming Monday and if by Wednesday or Thursday she hasn't given birth, they intend to induce her. Either way I should be a great grand dad by the end of next week.

Currently looking for another tractor but not much around in my price bracket. I really want a 4 in 1 FEL so I can use that for picking up and carrying rather than my back.

I've only been stung by a bee a couple of times in my life but no reaction like you've had. We have ants here called "Jumping Jacks" and I've been bitten a few times by them. That is "exquisite " pain I can tell you and last time the "F" word could be heard 500 metres away.

Yesterday carrying that wood out of the bush something hit my foot which was buried in some undergrowth and it hurt a bit so I thought I'd better have a look. Visual inspection of the shoe gave no clue so I took it and my sock off, there were no puncture marks and I was still working 15 minutes later (hadn't died) so it was either a warning, or a stick possibly gave way and got me. It's happened before but you can't leave stuff like the here. Sometimes they'll give you a bit of a nip as a warning. I'n usually over my knees in bracken and stuff and haven't got any idea whats down there.

I'll back off the wood gathering soon as they will be about as it warms up.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:57 PM

That's a lot of wood there! My back hurts just thinking about it. Don't know how you do it? Mine has gone out several times in the past and I'm bed bound for a week. If I try to move an inch, it screams with pain and as soon as I can get out of bed it's usually to the chiropractor. I've been stung several times in the past and don't swell up like that either. A couple times in the back of the neck before by a wasp or hornet made me mad at them.
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 04:34 AM

View Postcrust, on 31 August 2017 - 11:02 AM, said:

my back is sore now...nothing new...Posted ImagePosted Image

Sorry I mucked up trying to give Crusty a plus and should not do that on an iPad.

Can someone please correct my mistake for me?

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 03:41 PM

no problem there Digger...just think of all the guitars that might have been...Posted Image
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:50 PM

View Postcrust, on 01 September 2017 - 03:41 PM, said:

no problem there Digger...just think of all the guitars that might have been...Posted Image


Some of those pieces look big enough to cut a body. Probably no necks though!
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 11:13 PM

I've got plenty of big trees down but I'm limited in what I can carry out!

I have a serious lower back problem and a hernia waiting to pop so I'm being careful. Even the half a dozen bigger bits I took out of a tree in that load were split in half before I carried them. Our hardwoods are bloody hard and also very heavy! I could easily supply lots of suitable guitar bodies out of my own wood here.

Nice colours and grains too.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:09 AM

Have you checked out Bob Cats? Many different names for them, some are called snorkels or other names but their small and I've seen a photo of you driving one once, they can attach a bucket, forks, a hammer for busting concreate or other stuff to them. Pretty good work horses they are.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:21 AM

View PostRetired, on 04 September 2017 - 12:09 AM, said:

Have you checked out Bob Cats? Many different names for them, some are called snorkels or other names but their small and I've seen a photo of you driving one once, they can attach a bucket, forks, a hammer for busting concreate or other stuff to them. Pretty good work horses they are.



Yes your right Butch I hired one once to do a few small jobs. The one I had was nowhere near stable enough for our property and it would have been easy to tip it over. "skid Loaders" Mr Gibson tells me they are also called!

I need a fair dinkum farm set-up with knobbly tyres and 4WD, I also need a 2 stage clutch so I can run the PTO (implement drive chain) independent of the axle gearboxes driving. For example a rotary hoe has to be able to work stationary as well as moving, so does a post hole digger.

Bobcats are good for moving and levelling stuff but an adaption for some other tasks. (as far as I know)

I'm enjoying some of that lovely dry wood I got last week as before lunch the day turned to poo totally!
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:45 PM

Thanks Rob. I saw your Email earlier on it. I bet cutting and splitting all the wood has given you some muscles?Posted Image
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 01:49 AM

View PostRetired, on 05 September 2017 - 07:45 PM, said:

Thanks Rob. I saw your Email earlier on it. I bet cutting and splitting all the wood has given you some muscles?Posted Image


Its seems hard to put on condition at my age, but I must be a little stronger from all that work.

Just cruising ATM as we have a good supply of dry stuff for a little while.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:52 PM

Well, I was totally shocked Rob. After loosing 16 pounds, "I did hit my goal this morning," I went to the gym and started out with a bench press. I kept doing 10 to 15 pounds adding weight as I went so, I thought, what the heck, I'll take off the 2 - 25 pound plates and add a 3rd 45 pound plate both sides. So that was 270 lbs not counting the bar. I thought, I wonder if I can bench it once or twice? So tried it and got like 6 reps! Woe, I was shocked. Not too bad for an old man. I got compliments from others at the gym who watched me do it. Most thought I was in my 50's until I told them I was more like 64 and a half. I feel like I picked up lots more energy too losing all that weight. Good for you chopping all that wood. That's not easy either and I applaud you for being able to do it!
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:07 PM

Sounds like you're qualfying to go backwards in age too mate! Great that you are so strong and fell like you have more energy too.

I know how much effort you have put into this Butch and I admire you for it mate.

The surprise.....is it really pizza or are you too embarrassed to tell us......chuckle~




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Well, I was totally shocked Rob. After loosing 16 pounds, "I did hit my goal this morning," I went to the gym and started out with a bench press. I kept doing 10 to 15 pounds adding weight as I went so, I thought, what the heck, I'll take off the 2 - 25 pound plates and add a 3rd 45 pound plate both sides. So that was 270 lbs not counting the bar. I thought, I wonder if I can bench it once or twice? So tried it and got like 6 reps! Woe, I was shocked. Not too bad for an old man. I got compliments from others at the gym who watched me do it. Most thought I was in my 50's until I told them I was more like 64 and a half. I feel like I picked up lots more energy too losing all that weight. Good for you chopping all that wood. That's not easy either and I applaud you for being able to do it!
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