Yes, Kat, it hardly seems like it, but it is already time to start thinking about getting in some firewood. Here is some useful information:
THE WOODCUTTER'S SONG
Oak logs will warm you well
As are old and dry.
Logs of Pine will sweetly smell
But the sparks will fly.
Birch logs will burn too fast.
Chestnut's scarce at all, sir.
And Hawthorne logs are known to last
That are cut down in the fall, sir.
Surely you will find
There's none compare with the hardwood logs
That are cut in wintertime, sir.
Holly logs will burn like wax.
You can burn them green.
Elm logs burn like smouldering flax
With no flames to be seen.
Beech logs for wintertime
Few logs do as well, sir.
Green Alder logs - it is a crime
For any man to sell, sir.
Pear logs and Apple logs,
They will scent your room.
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flowers in bloom.
But Ash logs, smooth and gray,
Buy them green or old, sir,
And buy up all that come your way
For they are worth their weight in gold, sir.
As sung by William Pint & Felicia Dale on their
"When I See Winter Return" CD (Waterbug)
[chorus different from the version added to the Digital Tradition in 2000 (click)]