Woods, insulation and how to avoid an attack!

This MAY be what these are: Hydnum umbilicatum, commonly known as the depressed hedgehog, is a species of tooth fungus in the family Hydnaceae. It was scientifically described in 1902 by American mycologist Charles Horton Peck. It is found in North America and in Europe. It is edible. Wikipedia
Insulation arrived and …
Sid, virtually single handedly, moved the piles into the garage. Kay gives Sid advice.
Sid may not have wanted that advice!
Nobody can mess with me, however.

Ranger gone? Creativity rules.

While his usual helpers were gone, and the Ranger was still hospitalized, Sid drove the pickup to the firewood stash in the woods, drove the tractor there as well, loaded the pickup with the tractor, and drove the pickup back to the house. Thereafter, Bill and I helped with the very last step.
Then a walk in the woods to watch Sid pound in a metal stake that will activate Bianca’s electric fence.

Last days of December

Mere days before Christmas, the old stove ceased working … not an emergency except Sid and Sandra were expecting local family members over for a Christmas Eve feast! On the same day, the wood stove folks who were expected out … cancelled! In one day, Sid managed to buy a new farm stove, install it, buy parts for the wood stove, and fix it himself! All with NO HELP whatsoever from the Blakneys who were on their way to Mercer Island at the time.
Nice job, Sid.
So nicely aligned.
A temporary stop to firewood loading via the Ranger … it died.
Bert (our transport guy), Sid, Bill and Bianca push the Ranger into position for loading.
The Ranger’s winch pulled the Ranger up and onto the flatbed.
The Ranger’s temporary demise did not slow the forest warriors.
Unk’s pickup to the rescue.

Radio interview

As part of Giving Tuesday, a Eugene radio station featured several non-profits in a one-hour program. Marys River Watershed Council (Bill is a board member) was featured. The executive director (seated to my left) asked if I would represent landowners who have benefitted from the Watershed’s efforts. Shiver River’s large wood placements, riparian plantings, invasive weed eradication, and nice new culvert all resulted from Watershed efforts. Holly (the executive director) did most of the talking, thankfully!

Firewood, owl, bobcat and deer

Sid spotted this Great Horned Owl at the farm.
This pretty kitty”s stroll was captured with my game camera.
Another game camera catch.
This poor guy is being chased by ….
This scary beast!
Bill and Kay braved the woodland beasties to load firewood.

More firewood and more roofing

To be clear, Bianca did NO work unless you count keeping us company.
Sid got quite a bit of roofing done while Bill kept careful watch in case of a fall.
Sid and Bill repair a fence apparently destroyed by a deer.
And then, of course, there were new piles of split wood Mike left for us to load and stack. It is hard to keep up with Mike!

Clearing forest roads, more fungi, more firewood and more roofing

Sid makes short work of the first , and smallest, of the trees blocking forest roads.
Sid makes good progress on the bigger of the two fallen trees.
It took the Ranger’s winch to move the cut log out of the road.
The Ranger backs up, dragging the log out of the way.
After bringing a load of firewood from the woods landing, where it is stored, to the house, Bill and Sid load more roofing materials onto the hard-working Ranger.
Inky cap
I don’t know what this fungi is.

Fungi, firewood and a new sign

While walking in the woods near the Loop trail, Kay and I saw these cute fungi. Kay correctly (I think) identified them as puffballs. From the internet: “Puffballs are like marshmallows but they can be almost any size and are usually soft and squishy and edible when young and pure white inside. Then the white changes colour and turns to goo, and sometimes powder. In some cases, a hole opens up in the top so the powder can “puff” out when the rain falls (or somebody stomps on them for fun).”
Kay, placing game camera #1 on the Loop trail.
Kay, placing game camera #2 on the trail that leads from the Loop trail down to Rock Creek. Yes, there is a tree blocking the forest road!
Kay watches while Sid and Bill install a new sign indicating a small plot of replanted trees.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we will have to buy firewood later in the winter. Our supply does not look as if it will last.