We’re in the middle of a superb spell of weather with temperatures of around 15-16° Celsius coupled with flat calm or very light winds. But we know that things can, and will, change and that there will still be quite a few chilly days and nights before we really turn the corner and needn’t worry about heating our houses.

So with the latter in mind, I reserved some more fuel for my wood-burner ‘just in case’ before I left for Egypt and after waiting for a couple of days of drizzle to clear, I picked it up the other day. I will probably only need a bit under one stère (cubic metre) to see me through, but I decided to get two in to make sure that I’m well covered. It’ll always be there for next winter anyway.

It was just over a single trailer-load and here’s the first lot outside my wood store before I began to unload it and split it.

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Here’s a shot after I’d split and stacked the first trailer-load and put the remainder into a small stack for me to split later. My new splitter is fantastic and has increased my productivity enormously. This quantity would have taken me all day to deal with using my old, small splitter but with my new one I was all done and dusted in three hours or so. Fantastic!

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The weather, of course, is perfect for flying. Only one problem though. I took the two shots below at Malbec this morning showing my two aircraft in the barn.

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And that, sadly, is where they’ll be staying. I walked the whole length of Malbec’s runway and it’s still too soft to use, especially in its middle section and its landing zone. I’ve got a great first-flight-of-the-year already programmed involving a landing on Galinat’s long grass runway, which yesterday I found to be perfectly fine to use, and landings also on the hard runways at Condat and Sarlat.

But for now it’ll have to wait. The weather will stay fine before, possibly, a bit more drizzle on Tuesday, so with a bit of luck Monday, which should be perfect, might be the day. Now it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing 😉

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