Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blazing trails!

I have to admit, I honestly never put enough thought into what "blazing a trail" meant, nor had I really thought about why anyone would need to do it!

A couple weeks ago, we were lucky enough to have Sandy, our woods expert, come out and walk the perimeter of the property with all of us- which, at the time, was 8 of us!  We were quite a funny trail of ducklings, scurrying through the woods behind Sandy, keeping our heads down looking for barbed wire and learning how to recognise the blaze marks on a tree.
So, why is it important?  For many reasons, some being that when you have a woodlot, you need to know where your neighbour's property ends and where yours begins, so you don't help yourself to that really nice birch just across the line without knowing it. 

 Also, in a time before GPS and property lines, and the absence of fences, the "blaze" (that is, the hatchet notches and paint on a line of trees, marking the property borders) was often the word on property borders, and still is!  In the case of future property disputes, the blazed line through the woods is taken as right, even if it differs slightly from maps. It's very important, therefore, that the blaze be maintained: It's essentially like maintaining one's fence.
  ...It's maintaining your non-fence!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This is my first time blogging so I am going to start with the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. And if I can post a few pictures then I have more than fulfilled my first blogging assignment.

These shots are from our newly erected caterpillar tunnel. 100' by 12' and it is a thing of beauty. Looking forward to putting up the next one at the Season Extension workshop which is just around the corner on April 15th.