Winter is Coming – Preparing for Ice and Fire

Last night there was thunder in the distance, the occasional flash of lightening, and a few drops of rain.  Today has been cloudy with a few more drops of rain.  It remains pleasantly warm, 27C in the afternoon but the change in the weather is a reminder that autumn is coming, inevitably to be followed by winter.

Today, in preparation for winter, our firewood arrived.  1,000 Kg of it.  All delivered in sacks, and cut to the right size to fit our soba (wood stove).  Last year we got cheaper wood and had to cut up a lot of it because the pieces were too big.  Chopping wood is way too much like hard work.  There was still the work of emptying the sacks and getting all the wood stacked in the wood store.  All done now, it took a few hours, but is work well worth doing.

Hopefully it will not get cold enough to be needed before December.  Hopefully, unlike last winter, there will not be ice an inch thick on the roof terrace.  But no matter what winter throws at us we will have fire.

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8 responses to “Winter is Coming – Preparing for Ice and Fire

  1. . . which reminds me – with two open fires (to back up the central heating) we must get our annual two tonnes in before it gets saturated by the coming rains. Enjoy being cozy 🙂

    • We cannot store 2 tonnes, but fortunately one of the wood guys at the sanayi keeps his dry. Last year before we discovered the guy with good wood we ended up with a load of wet and oversized wood, it was no fun dealing with it. Good luck with yours.

  2. I gather than winter in Turkey can be very severe particularly in continental and eastern regions. Even in Istanbul there can be snow……

    • It can, especially in the interior and the east. Istanbul has a balkan climate so regularly has snow. Here on the Aegean the winters are generally mild, on average 5 degrees (or maybe a bit more) warmer than London, and with a lot more sunshine. Last winter was a cold one, hoping this coming winter will be more typical.

  3. We deserve a mild, warm winter this year. I hope March ends with 500 kgs still in your wood store.

  4. Here’s hoping all our winters are mild. We are debating get a multi-fuel stove instead of the open fire. It does seem a much more efficient solution, (if not as romantic) when you need to have spark guards for small persons.

    • There is, sadly, nothing romantic about our soba. It would burn coal as well as wood and is very efficient. It is a fire in a bucket which sits in a fairly ugly brown metal casing. Hilary would much prefer a stove that allowed you to see the burning things but that is something, perhaps, for the future.

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