“The first house you build is for your enemy, the second you build is for your friend, the third you build is for yourself”
Someone once told us that.
We were in the process of building our first log cabin and his words seemed odd. We had not taken down these trees for our enemies, we had not rolled those stones down the mountain to create a foundation, we had not worked the logs for so long… for someone else. We did it for us. It’s only now, years later, that we have realised that we, ourselves, we were our own worst enemy.
Things we had to go through. Hard realisations. Fights. Forgive me.
The house we live in now is the second log cabin we have built in the wild.
We found an old cabin in the forest, it had almost sunken entirely into the ground, the forest was eating it, to get to the cabin we had to take down trees, lots of trees, the roof was gone and the chimney had fallen. We tore the cabin apart. We reused most the materials and then we built this.
He says he did everything for me. I say I did everything for him.
Sometimes we fight about who did the most.
I spend a lot of time staring at the logs. They comfort me. And you should know this. Logs are very comforting. Geopolitical turmoil, climate change, social injustice… if you can’t change the world change your self (listen to the song) but look at the logs!
These logs are hundreds of years old. They’ ve been here, protecting people from storm and wind long before I was born.
They’re axed to be flat, by hand, it took a lot of time. The logs makes me think about time a lot. The make me think about effort.
And I like the moss. Moss was used as insulation (it expands when it dries) in the old days, I don’t know why we stopped using it, it’s a natural material and also it inhibits fire (moss can’t burn).
Some of the logs have marks
These were made to make clay stick better onto the logs. Some walls and some corners were more sensitive, it’s not like all of the logs have the same kind of stamina and strength and that’s ok just know that your house is never stronger than your weakest log. Just as your society. Just as your self.
If it was particularly cold they would hang newspapers onto the walls.
I’d like to show you how the cabin looked before we took it down
(we were so tired, it was such hard work)
And I’d like to show you some pictures of our home
This being a yule calendar and all I think now is a good time to celebrate the place you live in. All the work you put into your home. You should. A home is a lot of work. A home is a lot of effort. A home is a lot of time.
And also I have this golden rule for you, it’s very old, someone very old told me about it: first you do something for your enemy, then you do something for your friend- before you can finally do something for your self.
Such is the order of things.