Ice and Fire

icy river
Frozen river

This has been the coldest spell we’ve had in several years.  Freezing temperatures both night and day, for several weeks.  The sky’s have been clear; Blue cloudless days and stunning starry nights.  I’m hoping that I haven’t lost many plants, I think the minimum we reached was about -8 degrees Celsius.  Everything looks really dessicated, although it’s not been windy, everything is freeze dried. Despite the time of year there have been several wild fires on Skye and the outer isles, leading to road closures in the middle of Skye last week.  I don’t know whether they were deliberate (muirburn to regenerate grazing) or accidental fires.

My wasabi has died back, and the luma apiculata’s leaves have dried up.  I forgot to wrap the unknown citrus in the polytunnel and that has shrivelled leaves too.  Hopefully these will all sprout back in spring, I do hope so.  There was a little snow but most of it melted before it froze again.  There is snow on the tops of the hills still, which look like Mt. Fuji.

ice crystals
Ice crystals in grass

As the ground is frozen, I can’t really get on with planting anything, but I’ve made some progress with coppicing.  I’ve cleared a little of the alder copse at the top by the cut through.  I cut those between the windbreak and the cut through, so the regrowth should have a bit of shelter.

alder coppice
Alder coppice at cut through

Some of the birch are getting pretty big now.  I have taken out some of the lower branches; singling the stems so they will make straighter logs in time perhaps.

felling birch
Singling birch

Further down again I singled out more alder along the top of the river bank and in the pond area, also taking out completely one multistemmed tree.  I think that’s all I’ll do for this year.  I don’t want to overdo things, especially until I know how well the regrowth will do.  We won’t have enough to be self sufficient in wood I don’t think, however it’s nice to feel like we’re making a step in that direction, especially with it having been so cold recently.

2 thoughts on “Ice and Fire

  1. It was cold, but dry, bright and sunny! Now it’s wet and windy (back to normal again) and I’m indoors rather than out. Time to sort some seeds out I guess, and more plotting and scheming.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s