We travelled all day to be home by sunset. First we traveled by train. Fate would have it so that we met one of the wandering boys at Gothenburg Central Station, these boys, I wrote about them in the book, people of the forest, dedicated souls living in nature, he was travelling with his bow, we didn´t recognize him, so much have changed.
The wandering boys came to help us in our darkest hours the first year here in the forest. They taught us so much. Such joy in the midst of the myriad.
Another train to Kil where we had our busted out Volvo parked for the two weeks it´s been…. touring. Always an excitement to see if it will start. Good ole faithful did and thus we headed home.
Through the flatlands and up, up, up into the mountains
Light the fire.
All of these cabins in the wild… they are cold you know when people are not located in the cabins all of the time all through winter to tend to the fire.
The home gets stone dead and deep frozen if you do not tend to the fire within.
You could extract this psychical reality to a psychological reality if you felt like it but maybe you don´t. Lighting the fire is ritual, lighting the fire is god.
Then drink the water.
This is a life of fire and water, weather and soil, our home is located right in the middle.
Busch craft experts and wilderness dwellers will tell you the same, over and over again: what you truly need as a human being, the bare essentials: food, water, shelter, fire.
We´ve got that. We fought for that. We know that. Now.
I appreciate this. I value it. I find the essentials important.
You got to start with the bare essential (and I would add TIME as an essential too right up there among food and water and fire and shelter), you got to begin with your hands, actual reality. Fight feeling powerless by actual doing something in actual reality, that´s what I think (plus: the private is political and yadi yadi but nevermind I´m home now, exhale)
I´ll be sleeping for as long as I damn well please like tomorrow. I´ll be examining the wolftracks outside. I´ll drink the coffee in my own pace. I´ll be taking down trees for next winters firewood. I´ll be planting seeds, I´ll be using my body, touching reality oh, oh, oh, this is grand!
The snow is almost gone now but you can still smell it in the air. Inside and outside is connected.