Postcards from Sicily: The humble wood pile

Friday Photo: The humble wood pile

Every Sicilian has one of these in the winter.
Either neatly arranged, stored in front of their door or covered up in a secret nook. I’m loving the wood stove right now.
Brrrrrr!! Thank god for the wood pile!

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17 thoughts on “Postcards from Sicily: The humble wood pile

  1. We’ve got a wood pile too. My neighbor finds it very funny to see me outside in my PJ’s at 7am, swearing and wrestling with logs. I love sitting by the fire, but I hate getting the thing going first thing in the morning.

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    1. Got to love the woodpile! Yes it is a bugger to get the fire started, I am always filling the house with smoke. My sister in law has a cute little box she fills up with kindling and wood near the stove, that’s way too logical and organised for me I prefer the log wrestling and odour of smoke in my hair πŸ˜‰

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      1. I end up stinking of wood smoke and I get soot on my sleeves. I get weird looks from all the wonder women who just turn up the radiator, but I don’t care: I’m not financing EDF ‘s holidays again. I learned one valuable lesson since we bought our house: electric heating for a home with single glazing and ceilings 3.5 metros high is very bad for your budget. πŸ™‚

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      2. Yes electric will kill the budget! Even the thermal gas heating here is totally expensive. At my mother in laws, which is where I spend most of my time the wood stove shares its warmth love around the house powering the radiators and hot water heater!

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    1. The woodpile is at my in laws in the countryside, which has become like a second home (it’s a long story!)
      I’m loving the wood fire right now! Here they have a little oven attached to it and a stove top, great for cooking hearty soups to perfection and warming up left over panettone (yes we are still eating panettone!?!?)

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  2. I’m just so glad I don’t need one any more….
    All those years of felling trees, sawing them up, chopping into logs…stacking for two years….and then the icy slide to the woodshed to get the day’s wood….

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    1. I know, missing the heat as always this time of year.
      Feeling sad at the idea of missing another Australia day too. There is something about missing Oz Day that triggers off homesickness for me 😦

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      1. Can’t say I miss the yobbos singing ozzie,ozzie,ozzie oi,oi,oi! Nor the traffic trying to get back home after the Skyworks fireworks. I miss things like catching up with friends over the long weekend, the heat and listening to the triple J hottest 100 countdown of songs during the day!

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  3. Very interesting! I remember when I went to Sicily one winter, I learned that houses don’t have heaters there. I like fireplaces and wood stoves, and have never seen one in Torino!

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    1. Yes its very old fashioned and Sicilians love them, especially if you live in the countryside. Lots of people have wood stoves with stove tops and small ovens so you can even cook with them. It’s all quite picturesque …

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