Today I have been burning dead fall branches plus those from some of the trees that the storm brought down last Monday. I had the fire bin over near the chook pen. As I bent down to pick up this branch it fluffed up! Well the lizard basking on the branch did anyway. I was so glad to see it because being a juvenile it means the lizards are breeding even though the neighbour's cat is doing it's darndest to gobble up the breeding stock. So I took the branch away a bit from the fire are & set it down on an old log. Almost straight away the lizard began eating & drinking from the fruits of a wild liriope to it's left. That made me feel even better! I always make my wind fall piles as the year goes by, then bring in the fire bin & break the branches & sticks up into the right size to fit in the bin for burning. People say to me it is double handling & I should just set the pile on fire. Well here is the very reason not to do it that way! Frogs & lizards would not stand a chance when the whole pile was set alight. I even save those big native wood cockroaches that I find in the wood piles. I have so little top soil & they are invaluable for helping to build it.