Earlier in the week, I trimmed up one of our large pine trees – it had had some branches that were hanging low and getting in the way when mowing the grass. Given that I have had a penchant for fires since I was a mere toddler, the obvious solution to the problem of getting rid of the cut branches was to burn them.

Over the course of the week, I had three fires. They always present themselves as good opportunities to clean up scrap lumber in the garage. The three and final fire of the week found me burning pine boughs – an amazing store of energy.