Good reasons to own a trailer in rural Mallorca

On Monday, The Boss went to Porreres to buy our latest trailer-load of logs and we’re hoping that this will be the the last we’ll have to buy until late 2018. This winter on Mallorca has felt colder and wetter than previous winters we’ve had here. We certainly haven’t had as many coffees or lunches on the terrace – and it doesn’t take a lot of sunshine for us to eat and drink outside.

Some people are surprised that we buy our logs in, given that we do have a lot of trees on our land. But the issue is one of safety: most of our trees and shrubs grow on the steep sides of the valley on our land. The combination of loose stones and earth underfoot and a powerful chainsaw is one that, with one small slip, could end in a messy visit to our local hospital’s Urgencias department.

Logs in a trailer

Of course, there’s the work of unloading the trailer…here, nearly finished

Before we moved to Mallorca, we bought a trailer. At the time I was a bit sceptical about the need for such a thing: was it just another boy’s toy?  But when we arrived here and compared the cost of buying small sacks of logs from a garage or DIY store, or collecting logs in bulk direct from a woodyard, the benefit was obvious.

The trailer has proved its usefulness in other ways too – such as enabling us to bring bulky purchases home (rather than incurring the cost of delivery). And we’re not the only ones to appreciate it: some of our cats like to sit on the trailer’s heavy waterproof cover, enjoying prime views over their territory.

Cats on a trailer

Also makes a popular hangout for the cats!

©Jan Edwards 2018

 

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6 thoughts on “Good reasons to own a trailer in rural Mallorca

  1. My hubby loves to get his own wood, or rather, go get big logs from a local sawmill. Then he brings them home on a flat trailer or has them delivered. But…the work is just starting. He cuts them to length with his chainsaw and then has to split them for firewood. He bought a splitter several years ago and it has made the task so much easier. Several years ago he discovered the “Norwegian Method” of firewood stacking. One lays the cut and split pieces in about a 6 to 7 foot wide circle and then continues stacking round and round until it forms a circle about 5 feet high. Next you throw more pieces into the inside of the circle, not stacking them in any particular fashion. When the whole thing is filled to the top you cover it with a tarpulin and you then have a compact, (relatively) easy way to store your firewood. We have had as many as three of these going at one time. I would send a photo if I could find it in my hundreds of photos! We love burning wood in the cold season. It’s the one thing that makes winter bearable, I say, although there is lots and lots of dust everywhere so I have to clean more often. We usually have fires until about the middle of May here in the Rocky Mountains.

    • Hi Caterina,, Fires until the middle of May! Yikes, that’s a lot of dusting. We too love our woodburner, but I’m not so fond of all the extra dusting. Sounds as though all that activity is keeping your husband fit -no gym fees required for him! Although you may not have a handy gym anyway there…

      Love the sound of the ‘Norwegian Method’- never heard of that before. It’s warmed up a little in the past couple of days here but it’s raining persistently here and that makes things feel cooler. The Boss has just thrown another log on the fire, so I may make jacket potatoes in the woodburner today. A winter treat….

      Good to hear from you again. Best wishes, Jan

  2. HI JAN        Re  The purchase of logs .How much do they charge in Porreras ? The nearest seller for logs        near Selva in Inca charges 200 euros for 13 wheelbarrow loads,how does this compare?                                                                                              Regards Roger Charity

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    • Hi Roger, Firstly, sorry for the delay in replying. It’s hard to compare our trailer load with 13 wheelbarrow loads (your wheelbarrow may not be the same size as ours, for instance). But I can tell you that we pay 65 euros for ours and this is for a single bucket (scoop thingy) on the front of a tractor (a bit like the ones on a JCB), which nicely fills our trailer. I hope that this is helpful in some way! Best regards, Jan

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