Unfortunately Teres had a miscarriage at 8 weeks, but we console ourselves with the thought that its natures way of telling us something was not quite right.
However, thanks to my mum and dad buying me a very early Christmas present, I now have a new camera. A Panasonic Lumix FX60 and arrived just in time for me to photograph an experiment I was involved with last week to extract Pine Tar from “Fat Wood”.
An oil drum was filled with Fat Wood; which is resin rich heart wood from the centre of a Pine tree roots/stumps which have often lifted out of the ground after the tree has fallen over and become so rot resistant that they remain long after the rest f the tree has decomposed.
A fire is made around the oil drum to heat the fat wood and the resulting liquid runs out of the bottom of the drum via a pipe.
As the wood heats it initially releases a lot of gases (which used to be inhaled to relieve chest congestion)
On a couple of occasions the gases ignited
Eventually a watery brown liquid starts to run out and this can be applied to the skin to treat a variety of skin conditions.
After this the much thicker and darker brown Pine Tar begins to run out
Traditionally it has been applied to timber as a preservative but has many other uses.