Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lighting the Fire

My bucket list has a special item on it:
Not a fireplace lit by gas but one that burns with wood.

For now, I photograph artful stacks of firewood that promise flickering fires
and collect quotes that inspire warming my feet by the fire...

Though you live near a forest,
do not waste firewood.
~~Chinese Proverb

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment
than almost anything else in the world.
~~Charles Dudley Warner

One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only
when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.
~~Odell Shepherd

Once upon a time threre was piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm...
~~Carlo Collodi

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed,
one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
~~Garrison Keillor


Anonymous said...

on some levels i so agree with you! even though it's 89 degrees here today. our autumn comes and goes and when it goes, we're back in the high heat of summer. weird.
on another level... i live where trees are not so prevalent. and rather than value them, developers think nothing of bulldozing entire forests to make more mcmansions and cookie cutter houses. so cutting them up for firewood or the above... hurts me. i feel they are sacred.
and i don't mean to be a downer here. it's just that ... yes i love the smell and feel and crackling sound of a wood fire... but there are so many people now and if we all had a fireplace and burned wood... well...oh tammy... throw that cold wet blanket on that fire why doncha.
i've said too much already!
beautiful pictures though, as always!
tammy j

becky said...

Hi Tammy,
Good thoughts here...I take no offense. At this point, I guess burning wood is but a dream...

TSL said...

I had a lot to write, but the zeal went out of it. xo

S. Etole said...

These are such creative photos. Trees do reach a stage of maturity when they need to be harvested to promote new growth.

Anonymous said...

s etole... and dear becky...
good thoughts! i will think the next bunch to go under the developer's big machinery were all old wood! it will help. thanks!
and becky...
are you allowed to have a lovely fire on the beach with old driftwood? can think of nothing lovelier!
tammy retired here wet blanket tsl... so do write!!!
love to all,
tammy j

ELK said...

wow ..this is such a cool the photos and quotes!! We have a fireplace, I burn only tall white column type candles ..year round in it.. love it ..even in july!!

Dimple said...

We burn wood for heat from October (that's now, yes it is!) through April or so, and all of it is from dead or dying trees on our property. Cutting fire wood is not what destroys forests. Proper harvesting of trees makes the forest healthier, and it renews itself for the future.
I love your photos and quotes in this post Becky, and I hope you realize your dream.

Hanne Bente said...

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├śnsker dig en god mandag.
Knus Hanne Bente ♥

mise said...

Absolutely. A real fire (we burn turf here rather than wood) gives such a feeling of cosy self-sufficiency. You'd almost yearn for a power cut so that all you can hear is the crackling flames.

Beth said...

I will bypass the deep discussion and just say that those are awesome photos of wonderful creativity. Cool! :>)

Jeanne said...

I love your shots Becky, especially the last one. I find it very difficult to find a house with a wood burning fireplace these days. I am with you, there is nothing better. :)

Jeanne xx

Leslie said...

oh me, too! (for now I content myself with both a chiminea and a fire pit, in which i burn the dead wood that falls or gets trimmed from the trees in my yard ;)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I think they are beautiful photos also. I appreciate that you want what you want. I want a bathtub. A real one.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Becky
I'd like a fireplace too.. but need the house first.. Was reading the comments and well having a fire on the beach is a no no here.. too sad.. nothing lovelier than sitting around a campfire on the beach telling stories and just being..

Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

rosaria said...

Ah, what a fantasy!
Wood fire is quite wasteful, I found out here in the woods and the chill of Oregon. Yet, I would not trade it for anything more efficient.

Beach House Living said...

We have in indoor and a nice size outdoor fireplace. We use them often except when it's very cold.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! Were some of them taken in Norway?

Barefoot from Heaven said...

hello my wonderful sweet friend.
How I love these pics. Do come sit with me and our fireplace. have a cuppa and chat, chat chat with me.
Oh wouldn't that be fun.
Hugs and thanks for the uplifting words. D.

Donna said...

You DESERVE a house with a fireplace after all that, Becky!! I love ours and spent my children's time home making a fire almost every night. Now we seldom have one and you know it's a special occasion to do it. We love the cozy feel of it though. I have one gas, easy but doesn't smell as good as our woddburing one does.
Like you, I just love a fire!!

RuneE said...

If you have some wood to spare, just send it over. We have started the fire-season :-)

BTW, I liked the way they had stacked the wood in the first photo. I've never seen anything like that here.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Gorgeous shots. Our woodshed is immensely practical, nowhere near as stunning as that first one - which is a work of art! - but still perfect in its way (but then, I would say that!)

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Gorgeous shots Becky, and great quotes too.