Today was the Christmas Task for the local conservation group I volunteer with and like last time out we spent the day at Wybunbury Moss National Nature Reserve.
Today’s task was to make good use of the burning platform that we built from logs a fortnight ago. Natural England has been working at the site over recent weeks and our task was to burn the brash left behind by the tree removal operations.
It wasn’t all work and at lunch, with the fire having burnt through most of the brash, it was time to get stuck into the Christmas food. Soup, potatoes and mince pies were followed some time later by the sausages I cooked over the hot embers of the fire.
To finish off the day we had (non-alcoholic) mulled wine and chestnuts roasted over the last of the fire’s heat – proper Christmas food – and all consumed under a rare clear and bright blue sky.