May 3, 2011

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:
A short film that documents the horse drawn arrival of Energy Cafe on Powerstock Common, Dorset.
Shot and edited by John and Sue Holman.
PLUS:
 
Moving On’
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.

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