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those eco-savvy gnomes know everything

am I too tall to live like a gnome?

A Low Impact Woodland Home is an inspirational example of a dream come true. It shares the tale of a family in Wales that constructed this beautiful home to fulfill their goal of a low-cost, permaculture lifestyle. What they lacked in previous carpentry experience they compensated for with perseverance, and they documented their story step by step as a resource for us all.

"The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern building."

The concept and execution of such a project is truly fascinating. In a culture so increasingly and apparently inescapably dependent on fossil fuels, their story is a refreshing contrast that reminds us of the basic necessities in life.

I'm so infatuated with this adorable true story and equally breathtaking house (as well as similar houses built with the same conscience) that I went to bed consumed by my own Thoreau-esque fantasies, only to have an unexpected epiphany that David The Gnome was right all along! Oh man, that was SUCH a great show!

The World of David The Gnome

It's TOTALLY Transcendentalism for kids! Aaaaand I love it. Maybe I should have had a tree house when I was young, because now my aspirations are that of gnome-life.

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Nicole said...

Jess! I added your blog to my blog so I can keep more readily updated on reading it. How is life? How was weathering the hurricane??