It was mid-April and 80 degrees! So we packed up and headed to the River Property for the day with the dogs and a little project. It seemed extra hot with no shade because there were no leaves.
The project: Burn the leaves on the riverbank (of course, this was Dad’s last minute idea, i.e. no plan). The accumulation of leaves had increased over the winter (and likely winters before). Apparently, as the river goes up and down, all kinds of things park themselves on our bank, ’cause we are on a bend, I guess. Good news! No new island of knot weed deposited this year.
My job — start a fire on the bank and rake leaves into the fire. I’d like to remind everyone, this is Dad’s no-plan leaf burn
Did I mention it was hot with no shade?
After I cleared an area for the fire, then moved it because Dad didn’t like my location, and finally started a small fire on the BIG rock, I took a break. Then I got up to continue raking.
Did I mention it was hot and no shade?
As I raked more leaves into the fire, a light breeze picked up and suddenly the part of the riverbank starting burning. I’ll cut to the chase here: we were not on the nightly news, and the fire department did not have to come out…..but it was nip and tuck for a bit. I went into fast action mode – to get water to keep it from the next property and Dad started raking the fire to get it back to in its place. Alas, I’m not a great water girl — the 5 gallon containers are super heavy when filled with water and I had to drag them up the hill to the fire, then go down the hill to fill them, then back up the hill — you get the picture. We got the fire under control, just before it crossed over to the other property where the vegetation is tall and dry. We then guided it to burn in segments on the riverbank.
Did I mention it was hot and no shade? The dogs had to get in the river to cool off.
Before I started this project I fussed about the amount of work required to burn (I wanted to relax) but I guess the universe thought I should rest too because the riverbank burn was over and done quick! Next step – PLANTING GRASSES!
Note — no pictures of burning bank, all the photographers were busy.