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The “Wood for Burning” poem and two beautiful Woodland Wedding Cakes

February 3, 2013

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This evening my hubby had a garden bonfire… tidying up and getting rid of some dead tree branches removed recently in favour of a new garden fence.    At the right time and place, a bonfire is a simple pleasure and one that reminds me of days gone by spent with my beloved Dad.   When I was a girl I would accompany him coppicing in the woodlands of Hampshire and, 35 years later, I still have fond memories of those cold often frosty mornings when he would be doing all the really hard work and I would collect all the woody debris to  throw on the fire!  Hot tea from a flask and sandwiches wrapped in tin foil for lunch too… ah yes, happy days.


Today, as hubby threw branches on the fire, I commented on how some would burn faster and brighter than others – and some with a sparkly flourish into the evening sky!   Suddenly I remembered a poem I’d heard years ago on that very theme and when I came back indoors I searched it out … and thanks to Google, here it is…

To accompany it, two beautiful woodland themed wedding cakes.

Wood for Burning

Beech-wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year;
Store your beech for Christmastide
With new-cut holly laid beside;
Chestnut’s only good, they say,
If for years ’tis stored away;
Birch and fir-wood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly;
But ash-wood green and ash-wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown.

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Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter’s cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm-wood burns like churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold;
It is by the Irish said;
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
Apple-wood will scent the room,
Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom;
But ash-wood wet and ash-wood dry
A King may warm his slippers by.


Isn’t it a great poem!? However you spent your Sunday, I hope you had fun.

Denise x

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