While yes, there is plenty to DO; which doesn't involve financial transaction - quite a lot of what i want to do, does. There was, once upon a time, when i had 'work' to do and sufficient income from that to achieve some sort of sublimation of boredom - those days are long past, These days, "living within a small budget" requires a great deal of patience (a quality that i seem to lack - though am learning to negotiate outcomes where "money" is not an issue).
So, having said all that - one of my greatest joys is pottering around in the forest. Am also finding that 'walking' long distances is becoming less attractive as the body ages - hence the 4WD, but that also requires finance; and since it is not yet "registered" to travel on 'public' roads (a further $900 to achieve) .. can't go very far (and petrol is roughly $1.50/litre).
Also, since winter is fast approaching (there are those who wonder what happened to "summer" - wet and cold) - need to collect a store of wood for when it gets really cold; i.e. -2C to + 5C ($50-00/ 4-5 days worth; from the local supplier).
Hence the journey into the forest in the truck (i call the 4WD the "truck", the Holden 'road car is the "wagon").
Am, as you can see from the next pic, surrounded by 'trees'. The 'darkish' areas are State Forest pines, the 'lighter' areas are pretty much "natural bushland". The 'arrow' points to the location of "the tree fall" - not where i live.
|image adapted from Google maps|
Mmmmm, what to do? There is not a lot of space to turn around, and would have to 'back up' - reverse about 2 K. Did have the chainsaw on board, so studied the situation. Bear in mind that am by myself, and if anything 'went wrong', the nearest habitation is about 5K away - and nobody knew where i was. The next person along that track may be next day ... or in three week's time. I do not have a radio nor mobile phone - which, in any case, would be useless in this situation, as am in a gully and the hillsides are steep and high.
Ah, WTF, think i. Am only dead once.
It would, i guess, make a better story if something "dramatic" had happened; sorry to disappoint. Am not completely stupid (contrary to the opinion of some ... heh).
Forgot to take pics of the complete process, so will have to try to describe. The first cut was at the 'lefthand' side - where the bulk (upper branches) of the tree was suspended. Even so, there is always the "guesswork" as to where the two pieces of tree will go. Have been in, and seen situations where the tree "rolls" or "springs" in unpredictable directions. However, that part of the operation went well. Major cut from the upper side, and the top of the tree dropped into the creek.
The tricky part was at the righthand - or 'roots' end. I knew that if i cut from the top there would be a good chance that the chainsaw would jam - so, after a 'relief' cut on the upper side; carefully began to saw up from the lower side. Nearly there, almost through, when the lefthand log dropped just one millimetre ..... oooops, chainsaw jammed. Bugga.
More thinks. Log too heavy to lift by hand, and no jack tall enough. OK, will just disconnect the chain and bar from the chainsaw motor, 'shove' the log with the 'bullbar' on the truck. Nup. There was not enough 'slack' in the chain to achieve that. Thinks. OK, will tie a rope around the saw motor so that it doesn't drop to the ground and damage itself (can't afford a new one).
Which, basically, is what i did. Pushed the log with the truck, the chainsaw swung down without damage.
|'site inspector' approves|
Then had the problem of 'moving' the log off the track. So, cutting a long story short - dragged it off the track with the truck (O, the joy of gears ... 4WD "low").
It would, of course, be nice if i could solve "computer" and "internet technology" related problems as easily .... heh.
[addendum - the pictures, images are the "facts" .. only the facts as imaged at the specific time. While yes, am aware of 'photoshop' and the rather astonishing 'manipulation' of images - these are not. Just from my camera, re-sized, diminished - for the internet, since my "satellite" connection is very slow].