I didn't accomplish a whole lot around the house this weekend. On Saturday I drove to Lexington to meet a group of friends to watch the Hobbit in the theater. Since we don't get to see each other often we stuck around after the movie to catch up. I ended up not getting home until midnight, but it was well worth it. In fact, I would happily sacrifice more of my weekends to see my friends more often, but it just isn't practical due to the way we are spaced out.
On Sunday I spent a couple of hours outside trying to burn the pile of briars I had from clearing out the area around the brush pile that I've been relocating. It seemed a perfect time to to the job, as the ground was wet and the weather forecast was calling for rain later in the day. I started the fire with some good dry wood, and everything seemed to be great at first. In hindsight, though, I can see where I made several mistakes. The first is that I piled too many of the briars on too quickly. The second is that the way I piled them left a cavity around the fire as it burned, which eventually led to the fire having no fuel. Third is that I should have had more wood available to provide additional fuel to the fire, since the briars themselves were not sufficient fuel to keep it going. I think that the next time I try burning them I will alternate stacking briars and wood, so that the fire will have additional fuel spaced throughout the stack.
I also forgot to mention that a few days ago I made another trip over to the garden to check things out. The rye is looking really good now. It has grown in fairly thick, is a few inches tall, and has a nice healthy green color. I was a bit worried at first, but now I'm fairly confident that it is going to do well. Even more exciting than the growth of the rye was that several of the garlic sprouts are now visible through the soil. I was really starting to worry that I had planted them too late to get any growth before cold weather. Three of the five varieties have at least a few visible sprouts now, though, with a couple of them being as tall as three inches.