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
Now for a ‘Transition vision /tv’ double bill:
Shot and edited by John and Sue Holman.
an audio piece by Catherine Simmonds
Karl Edwards decided to take up a new career working with horses. He trained his horses Bonnie and Alf to work in the woods with him and also began training as a farrier. Catherine Simmonds recorded interviews with Karl and also the intricate sounds of his daily work. Catherine wrote and recorded poems that were inspired by her time with Karl. Johannes Van Weizsacker of The Chap provided original music. This montage of sound was then put together by Catherine working with John Holman at Transition Vision’s base in Wincanton. I was reminded that this piece was sitting on the shelf when I encountered Karl and his horses at a Spring Procession on Powerstock Common. They had been pressed into service to tow the mobile Energy Cafe to its location from where it was going to be in operation for a week providing food sourced from within a 6 mile radius and cooked and prepared totally off-grid, using a wood fired range and various portable reusable energy devices. This audio piece was produced as part of an Arts Council Funded Trilith project.