Thursday, October 13, 2011
We are learning that the price of this security, of not having to depend on others to fix our equipment or provide us with the means to use it, is mindfulness. Wood must be gathered and prepared for burning. The stove must be carefully tended when it is being used. We must plan ahead. Once again we are forced into intimate acquaintance with the process in which our needs are met.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Each of these paths draws me. I have never been a terribly patient person and the idea that the house could be proof against the weather in a few weeks pulls me toward the stick frame home. But it’s swiftness of construction is really the only thing that appeals to me. And since it requires money we don’t have, it’s likely to take just as long as the cob home in the long run. There is so much about the cob home that appeals to me: its gentleness to the land, its low energy requirements, and most of all its potential for artistic expression.