The Simple Pleasure of Stacking Wood

How preparing for winter can soothe the soul

Happiness is a full woodshed Photo: Fiona Cameron Lister
Fallen giant — but at least this oak will warm our hearth Photo: Fiona Cameron Lister

There is something very primitively satisfying in this basic act of making provision.

This year we have bought wood — oak and chestnut logs because that’s what the locals use. It burns well and means the woodstove stays in all night, which it never did with the pine. We faced the daunting task of moving the pile of logs into the woodshed, but were determined to tackle it barrowload by barrowload because Beppe, who had cut and delivered the logs, predicted rain and we needed to get them inside.

British Writer, Editor in Tuscany, Italy. Topics: Nature, Ancient History, Spirituality. twitter: @writerinitaly

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