It's beginning to feel a bit like autumn - the mornings have that crisp chill in the air, and we've started thinking about lighting a fire of an evening.
Traditionally we've kept our firewood in an Ikea bag by the back door. Every day we trip over the straps on our way out, marvel at how hard it is to carry and wait patiently for a bright blue bag to look like it belongs there. It never does.
So for this season we've upgraded to some handmade log boxes... designed to fit inside the back door and by the fire, the same width as our logs, stackable, carryable, tough and rather lovely. We have a stack of these by the back door full of logs and one by the fireside. That way no one has to go out into pouring rain at night to fill up the log basket. There's also a shallow one for kindling. I made them from reclaimed pallet racking from an aircraft hangar in Hullavington, Wiltshire.
Come next summer, they'll make fantastic saw horses, step stools, tool boxes, bench seats - generally useful boxes until autumn comes round again.