Gathering logs on the smallholding for fuel
Today we have been gathering up logs, that have been sawn up for winter fuel. These logs will not be used this winter, but will be stacked and allowed to dry out ready for use next winter.
Information about hawthorn
We have many Hawthorn trees in our wood, and this was one that was past its best. Hawthorn wood is hard-wearing and often used in the past to make handles for knives and daggers. No wood burns more readily than hawthorn, even when green, and it is known as the hottest firewood. Excellent charcoal is made from hawthorn. Here in Scotland the bark was used to dye wool black and in most country places hawthorn leaves were used to make a refreshing tea. Hawthorn flowers can be added to syrups and can make a lovely wine.
Hawthorn and blackthorn both have the character for a good hedge: they are easy to germinate, quick to grow and capable of being trained in any direction. if haws, from the hawthorn, are put in a bag and soaked in water all the winter and then sown in February or March, they will come up the first year.
Hawthorn is linked to May Day ceremonies and was believed to protect people and livestock from evil influences and lightning: and witches too, who get tangled up in the prickles. Never bring May (hawthorn blossom) indoors, though. Because of its association with Christ’s crown of thorns it is thought to bring death to the household.
Click here for lots more lore on Hawthorn.
What type of wood makes the best fuel?
“Hawthorn logs are good to last, if you cut them in the fall.”
Check out this post to find out more.
What is the difference between hawthorn and blackthorn?
Check out this post to find out.