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Limited Shelf-Life

You may recall from a few posts back that this lot arrived . .

Turkish village firewood supply

. . our supply of villagers’ firewood. It included four (or was it five?) monster lumps that, dint of their sheer size, were relegated to the end of the queue. Their day had come!

J and I have been hard at it ( in a wood-cutting sense) putting in four or five hours every other day, with a day off for recovery in between. The results are pretty impressive:

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by my reckoning there are at least 9 cubic metres of firewood there and we haven’t finished yet!

I’d managed to cut up two of the giant trunks into log-sized discs and, using a sledge-hammer and steel wedges, had reduced one trunk to usable size. That had taken me two days! This morning, after nearly two hours of huffing, puffing, grunting and groaning I’d split one disc and a few odd logs when who should turn up but J’s young garden helper, Samet.

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a reminder of the size of these things – and of J’s cavalier attitude to safety foot-ware!

Now, Samet is a very strong young man who is used to doing all the things village farming lads are expected to do. So, when he had finished his garden jobs, I seconded him to the woodcutting division!

Bloody hell! Talk about rubbing it in – within an hour he had reduced four of those discs to matchwood (in a manner of speaking)! J could barely keep up with him as she barrowed the logs away to the depot.

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‘Hey, old man! Easy-peasy!’

Freshly showered but feeling distinctly past my sell-by date I surveyed the scene of youthful vim and vigour. Memories of how things used to be – those days when ‘tabbing’ across the ‘ulu’ with 120lbs of gear on the back was considered a bit of a jaunt! Back then I wouldn’t have just given young Samet a run for his money – I’d ‘ave bloody ‘marmalised’ him! Whoever wrote that twaddle about ‘age shall not weary them nor the years condemn’ knew a thing or two!  The video has a lousy sound track so use your discretion – that said, has-been old farts like me will still get dewy-eyed at the memories it dredges up.

What was really nice was that J came over, put her arms around me and said ‘ I think you are still strong – in fact, I know you are!’

Do you know, the sun came out!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

12 thoughts on “Limited Shelf-Life

  1. I think you all did a great job, and your all set up now for a good old fashion fire to keep them weary bones warm. !!!!! It’s surprising what can make the sun come out !!!!!!

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