At the time of lodging our DA application we also lodged an application for approval to harvest timber on our property. The week extensions began our application for logging was approved and the sniggers arrived.
The roar of this huge machinery and the sound of chainsaws have been heard for the last couple of weeks. To be truthful so much has been happening all at once there have been days we have felt as if our heads were spinning.
First we had to order a couple of loads of rock in to lay over the creek crossing, this was vital for the logging truck to get in and out.
*Photos of this were lost in our first camera disaster.
One memorable day we were taken out by the snigger, he showed us how he cuts a ‘smile’ to get the trees to fall a certain way. He was very generous in explaining various logging information to us.
*This is where I lost our second lot of photos, the ones of the timber falling:(
The sound of the beginning creak of the timber, then the rush and the sudden thud as it hits the ground, has its own cadence.
We watched them felling, cutting, dragging and then ‘shaking’ the bark from the timber. The timber is then stacked at the ‘dump’ waiting for the truck. Unfortunately I only have photos of small stacks.
Mostly they are harvesting spotted gum and a small amount of ironbark.
The ironbark is being put aside for our needs. Our next task is hiring a portable sawmill and cutting our verandah and decking boards from our own trees:)
Thanks to the snigger we (well the children) are now conversant with recognising the different species of trees; red gum, spotted gum, yellow gum, bloodwood and ironbark.
So far eight truck loads have left. It is rather a thrill to hear the truck labour up the hill and then see the truck pass the house with our logs.