Today I’ve been helped out by a minibusful of friendly people who would otherwise be bored to tears in their hostel. They were a group of asylum seekers introduced to me by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust .
What a cheerful bunch, but with pretty sad backgrounds, made me feel quite humble I must say. I was glad to be able to give them a day out in the woods with some purpose. They helped prepare a charge for the kiln, cutting small stuff to length and loading and unloading the trailer. Here are a few of them in t’Bodgery, some others were playing cricket with a small log and the ball was a small quarter-round offcut – much more fun than wii (whatever that is?).
There were a few helpers who came with them too. Rather a hectic few hours, one guy had been in the Somalian army and insisted on running with logs on his shoulder that I could barely lift.
We went up to the forestry yard to unload and I explained how the kiln works. One chap explained through an interpretor how they burnt charcoal back home – stacked vertically and covered in sand – just like we did here some time ago.
Anyway we ended up with a good stack ready for a charge. I should have prepared the floor in the kiln, then we could have unloaded directly into the kiln. Drat! double-handling required now! Mental note made for next time. My new trailer features here too. More pictures from someone else’s camera when they appear by the kiln with my helpers.