Burning the Burn Pile
On Sunday we finally had an evening with the perfect weather for burning the long-accumulated burn pile. The past two years we were planning to burn it on Guy Fawkes Night, but on the fifth of November there was still corn on the field, by then dry corn, and we didn't dare light a fire so close to it for fear the whole field (to the left of the photo) would be ablaze. ablaze? Anyway...we decided that mid summer, when everything is green and full of moisture, would be a better time for the big bonfire.
We had promised the kids that IF it was not raining and IF there was no wind, we would light this pile.The burn pile consisted of branches trimmed from the trees, sticks that had fallen here and there in the yard, along with odds and ends of wood stuff.
Watching from the alfalfa field
He didn't get any closer than that
You can see why the big blaze is more exciting than the little campfire circle in the left of the photo. This was taken before we dragged the picnic tables to the perimeter of the yard.
It's quite a spectator sport - unless it's someone's house burning. I have seen that only once in my life, and it was a terrifying sight. And then of course there are the destructive wildfires out west, whose damage is nearly incalculable.
But a fire under control is a beautiful sight - to me anyway. What do you think?
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