Mudgee is a cold place, so firewood collection is a big job that needs to be done on a regular basis. We’ve got plenty of fallen timber all over the property. So up the mountain we go in a couple of utes and a couple of chain saws and of course the whole family. We load the utes up chocka block and sometimes a trailer as well, then back home for the splitting. I’ve also got a big heavy duty logsplitter. We form a big production line to split all the logs and stack them. I love my fires inside and out, so we go through a fair bit each winter.
The last job to do is the landscaping. We marked out the roads with metal edge stripping and then laid all the irrigation for the lawn and trees. The gravel for the roads was next, laid it, levelled and compacted it. Then my son Charlie and I, with the help of some neighbours laid 900 sq mts of turf. A tough job but we did it in a day. Well worth it though, and didn’t it look great. We’d earnt a beer that night.
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We would get all kids and neighbours together for rides through the trails on the property. Up the mountain, through the creeks, all over the place, it was a lot of fun. We always took it pretty gentle though, cause it was pretty rough country, and of course, safety gear was always a must.