I have been in Sweden on and off for around 2 years now and in that time I have had to learn how to live alone and environmentally. What I mean by that is by recycling as much as I can, catching rain water for the loo, growing my own veg and fruit during the summer months and, well just trying to save and reuse as much as I can. And this extends to the garden where I try to reuse wood and other things like brick that people throw into the forests near me.
I don’t know who has done it but this person must have had a driveway at one time and then dug it up. Instead of going to the tip with the brick they threw them into a pile in the forest about 2 kilometres away from me. Now I have seen these brick when I first came here so they have been there at least 2 years, and in the past have taken a few for the garden. Now the snow has gone I have filled the car up and brought a load of brick home with me for the garden as I intend to use them and also to make a BBQ so we can have one on a lovely summers day, that’s if the volcanic ash has gone by then!

Volcanic ash

Is that Volcanic ash in the sky?

I still need a few more as the BBQ is using more than I thought but there’s lots still lying there, abandoned so I am recycling them.

Wheres the exit?

Another thing they have done around here lately is cut down lots and lots of pine trees. I don’t know why but the government have said it’s now ok to do so and you don’t need permission like you used to, so I think that’s the reason why. A lot of people have wood burning stoves and fires around here and it is perfect where I live as there is so much wood!

So much wood

Wood for the trees

Anyway I went onto the woods and helped myself to the trees they have knocked down and left discarded on the floor. I don’t have a wood burning fire or stove but instead will use them in the garden as either fence posts or fencing itself. Pine is beautiful especially when the bark is still on it and will make a great looking fence.

I'm a lumberjack and i'm ok

One other thing that I have done recently is pull up some of my own pine trees. Nothing too big, around 30cms is probably the biggest tree I pulled, but I intend to plant them in the garden and create a small hedge in some places. Yes I know they grow to very high heights if left unchecked but I intend to cut them to the correct size over time when they have all growed up!!!

I'm a lumberjack!