Thursday, September 20, 2012

Maiden Voyage

Our fire pit had its maiden voyage this evening (I could kick myself for not shoot a photo). I haven't had time to lay the stone patio yet, but the weather was simply too perfect to pass up.
This morning it was 48 degrees here. The sun was warm today, but a breeze out of the northwest kept things pleasant.
This evening when the sun neared the horizon, I went to the edge of the yard and fetched some applewood that I saved when our old tree died late last year.
I took small twigs and pine straw to get things started and then added the larger pieces of applewood. I placed the mesh cover over the pit, fetched a glass of red wine, and pulled up two chairs so we could watch the show.
We sat outside for a long while enjoying the crackle of the small fire. The aroma of burning applewood was perfect for an almost-autumn evening.
I sat by the fire while Jilda went inside to finish dinner. She'd cooked pinto beans, and baked a dish of beets, rutabagas, and sweet potatoes, along with pan fried hoecakes (cornbread).
I stepped outside just now to check on the fire and it was down to embers the size of lightning bugs. I could still smell the applewood so I stood for a long while taking it all in.
I can't think of a better way to end the day.


  1. I can almost smell that wonderful apple wood burning! Can't wait til it gets cool enough here in Florida to fire up our fire pit.

  2. Love applewood smell!!! And am so googling rutabagas!! Take care

  3. Anonymous10:11 AM

    Sounds perfect.

  4. Sounds like a dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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