Ask me anything
The earth I tread on is not a dead inert mass. It is a body—has a spirit—is organic—and fluid to the influence of its spirit—and to whatever particle of the spirit is in me.
Henry David Thoreau ♥
I want to be free.
24. Lady. England
Water nymph, Ophelia immortal, Pre- Raphaelite aficionado, no meat no masters, supporting local produce, growing my own herbs and vegetables, Forest School assistant, aspiring outdoor teacher, environmentalist, anti civilisation, re wild, anti capitalism, animal rights, Victorian literature, reconnecting to nature, folklore, lost wisdom, self sufficiency, nettle beer, fruit cider, camping, wild swimming, foraging, cooking, yoga, fruit tea, kayaking, Rainbow warrior, muddy feet.
This is the first of what I hope will be many pictures of life around natural homes and the lives people live in them. In this case it’s the straw bale home of Mirky and Tomáša in Slovakia made ready for their wedding. You can see more beautiful pictures here: www.zajezka.sk/fotky/fotky_z_akcii/Svatba_Mirka_Tomas/[Thanks to Peter Coch Shaman for connecting me to this wonderful place]
This is ‘The Great Escape’ of an ordinary Danish family that moved into the wilds of Varmland, Sweden to create a little community in the woods of self-reliant, self driven people that support each other. You can read Andrea’s blog about her personal thoughts and observations of a natural life in a log cabin in the Swedish woods here: www.andthegreatescape.blogspot.com If you are a family looking for a place to build a natural home and live a natural life contact Andrea via her blog or chat with her on Talking Natural Homes www.facebook.com/groups/naturalhomes/
There is a family of five, Tim, Rebecca and the kids, in the mountains of Georgia, USA building a home by hand together and living a sustainable off-grid life. The lovely reciprocal roof you can see here was built in a day by Tim and a friend. The following season the family worked together building the rest of the earth bermed home ready for the family to move in the following spring. They spent about $10,000 on materials, bartered for some and recycled others. Rebecca keeps a journal of their experiences where you can read about the ups and downs of the story www.earthinmind.net
This is a taste of life at Urnatur [www.urnatur.se]. Håkan has built all the natural homes in the woodland where he lives by Lake Vättern in Sweden. Together with is wife Ulrika they run courses in cabin building using traditional skills and natural materials and other workshops in fence building, wild herbs and woodland skills like harvesting birch sap (see bottom left). For a couple of weeks a year, just before the birch buds start sprouting you can tap the sap of the birch tree. It’s a drink like nothing else you will have tried and twice as refreshing as any other drink I’ve had. Their collection of courses is available here:www.urnatur.se/english/news/summercourses.htm