Here is a special poem that our friend Rae gave us to circulate – passed on from her grandmother – Its about different types of wood and how they burn.
Logs to burn, logs to burn,
logs to save the coal a turn,
there’s a word to make you wise
when you hear the wood – man’s cries
Never heed his usual tale
That he has good logs for sale,
but read these lines and really learn
the proper kind of logs to burn.
Oak logs will warm you well
if they’re old and dry.
Larch logs of pinewood smell
But the sparks will fly,
Beech logs for Christmas time
Yew logs heat well
‘Scotch’ logs it is a crime for anyone to sell.
Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all;
Hawthorn logs are good to last
if cut in the fall
Holly logs will burn like wax
You should burn them green,
Elm logs like smoldering flax
No flame to be seen.
Pear and Apple they will scent your room,
Cherry logs across the clogs
Smell like flowers in bloom
But Ash logs, all smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old
Buy up all that comes your way
they’re worth the weight in gold
Directions to Energy Cafe lunches on powerstock common
from Bridport take the Beaminster road, take a right to West Milton and follow signs to Powerstock.
From Powerstock: take the road towards Toller Pocorum ( going up the steep hill – leaving the church on your right)
continue for half a mile past Whytherston farm ( on your right)
carry on up hill. All the way
until you reach a junction.
go down the hill – then take the right turning at the bend – follow the road downhill
lots of wild garlic and blue bells along the way..
continue down hill until you see the railway bridge…
turn right into the car park just after the bridge…
park here. then walk onto the common and follow the sign to energy cafe lunch 3!
we look forward to seeing you!
A big thanks to environmental resource the Kingcombe Centre for lending cafe furniture.
And a special thanks to Debbie who also serves a delicious cake and cuppa!
Long live the Stinging Nettle!
A passage from Les Miserables concerning the lovely Stinging Nettle : ’One day he (Monsieur Madeleine) saw some peasants busy plucking out Nettles; he looked at the heap of plants uprooted and already withered, and said – “They are dead. Yet it would be well if people knew how to make use of them. When the nettle is young, its leaf forms an excellent vegetable; when it matures, it has filaments and fibres like hemp and flax. Nettle fabric is as good as canvas. Chopped, the nettle is good for poultry; pounded it is good for cattle. The seed of the nettle mingled with fodder imparts a gloss to the coats of animals; its root mixed with salt produces a beautiful yellow colour. It is besides excellent hay and can be cut twice. And what does the nettle require? Little earth, no attention, no cultivation. Only the seed falls as it ripens, and is difficult to gather. That is all. With a little trouble, the nettle would be useful; it is neglected, and becomes harmful.”
April 18, 2011
go to dorchester, drive on to the brdport road. look out for a sign on you right to compton valence. it is by a house where they sell pallets. you cant miss it. take that right. here be careful you are going on a sharp right from a busy a road to a tiny lane. this tiny lane is an old roman road very straight . go striahgt over th e crossroads, go straight over where the road bends ot the right, literally stright but not following the main road. keep going towards eggardon hill/ toller porcorum. at eggardon (an old hill fort) you take a right and go straight down, soon you will be in the woods of the common. you will get to a fork, bear left. soon you will see the railway bridge and the common car park on the left.