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Monday December 3, 2012

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: During the winter, people in these parts burn unwanted vegetation; it's the easiest way to get rid of it. Last night we burned several large clumps of Miscanthus (feather grass), which get untidy by Thanksgiving, with dried leaves blowing around the yard. Closeup of the fire in one clump as it got going. You bring the marshmallows!

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6. ChrisAnthemum
3:54 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
LOL Delana! That reminds me of a few years ago when we were living in our former house, and my husband had his library in an outbuilding in the back yard. The ground was sloping and one end was propped up on cinder blocks with about two feet of crawl space under it. Next to it was the burning barrel. It was this time of year and had been damp, and I couldn't get anything to burn except what was in the barrel. Plus, I had already put away the hoses for the winter. I decided to burn the papers in the barrel, but it was full of holes and the fire got out and into some of those damp leaves that I hadn't been able to get to burn... they were blazing away merrily, and spreading rapidly toward the outbuilding; I couldn't stamp them out with my foot. Thought I, if they get under that building, the whole thing will go up, and my husband will probably divorce me. Furthermore, I wouldn't blame him! But I had a bucket full of water I had been planning to take to the chickens we also had then, so I threw that on the flames, and that doused them enough so that I had time to run and get another bucketful. THAT was sufficient to put it out, saved my neck, LOLOLOL!
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5. CalicoBass
3:45 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
That grass does burn fast. I was going to burn a pile of leaves one time, but they were a tad bit wet. Put out a lot of smoke, and blew straight for the church. Turns out, they had men climbing up into the attic of the church trying to find out where the smoke was coming from...they thought it was the church burning, lol. Needless to say, I squirted it down an put out my fire before they found out I caused the confusion, lol.
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4. ChrisAnthemum
2:41 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Of course, Delana! We had the garden hose connected and run out to the site before we started, turned it on and doused the flames well when we were finished. It was all over in ten or fifteen minutes; that grass burns very fast once it gets started!
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3. CalicoBass
1:31 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Great shot, I love to watch a fire, but one that is under control of course.
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2. ChrisAnthemum
12:59 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Thanks, Wilma! Of course, it was a "prescribed burn" that got the people at Pilot Mountain in trouble a few weeks ago, caused more damage than it prevented! We made sure there was no wind and nothing nearby that could burn, before we started this fire on Monday evening.
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1. Kennebunker
12:54 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Interesting series, Kathy! Nice to see the rustic ways of handling situations, especially overgrowth that could be hazardous otherwise.
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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