Our Storybook Home in Leura

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“Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of ‘stuff’ but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty”- Kevin McCloud
Kevin McCloud has ruined us. No I lie. He has transformed us. I cant remember the first time I watched Grand Designs but it has without a doubt imprinted upon my husband and I this yearning to create our own space, designed to fit the life we live or at least want to live.
In 2015 we started to build with our own bare hands (for the most part) a house in a village I have always loved. The journey prior to this embarkation has been somewhat long but even during that path we have matured and our goal posts have changed slightly as we became more attuned with changing self-awareness.
It is also during this time that I started to read passages from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond where he for two years experimented the possibilities of living an organic, self sufficient and sustainable life. However, while I am not ready for the naked and almost monastic existence of Thoreau I do appreciate the sentiment that one must not wait till we are at the end to really start to live deliberately now, and without waiting.
 
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The first time we visited the site after we bought the property