Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lessons Learned


Just like the tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' when it comes to building homes we have learned a great deal over the years...


Though the first little pig had nothing to be thankful for as his straw house did not survive the huffing and puffing of the big bad wolf, had he taken a few tips from modern day builders of straw bale homes he may not have needed to make a run for it to the second little pig's place...


I have been observing the progress of this straw bale house since last Fall and its construction is amazing.


Now the second little pig's house made of sticks did not succumb to the wolf quite as quickly as the first's, it was to the third little pig's home where they gathered, that offered safety and protection from that big bad wolf.



Moral of the story... brick houses dot the landscape, in every tiny hamlet, quaint village and sprawling city across this continent and they certainly have stood the test of time and oh yes the big bad wolf as well...



* Illustration by Scott Gustafson

12 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Those are the cutest three little pigs!
A very happy Easter to you!

Christine LeFever said...

Ah the beauty of a brick home dwells within our psyche for indeed they have withstood not only the test of time as well as the big bad wolf, but their beauty is unsurpassable.

Pondside said...

What sweet little pigs!
This post made me very nostalgic for the southern Ontario landscape. As much as I love the coast, I spent many, many years in southern Ontario - I miss the small towns, the green of summer, the fairs, the antique stores..........I could go on!
Thanks for the great reminders!

snoopydog said...

Happy Easter! Love those little pigs. What beautiful homes too. All have their time and place. Ros

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Susan...Yes indeed brick homes do dot the landscape here on our Continent as well...What interesting homes you have shown us...Hope you have had a very Happy Easter and that it is starting to warm up for you over there as we are certainly beginning to feel the chill of Autumn creep up on us in our part of the world...Dzintra♥x

bad penny said...

Great fun - great houses !

The hens are so NOT afraid of our cats - infact they chase Billy but I don't think they could get him out of their house yesterday as he was far too comfortable !

Julie said...

Hi Susan,
I too have had the thrill of watching a house made from straw built walls. It is a fascinating process to watch. I can imagine how toasty and warm it must be in the winter.
Julie
P.s. I love the banner

Lori said...

i never heard of building a home using bales of straw to insulate the walls...how interesting...i love the little log home, too cute...

Cottage Garden said...

I love the house with the verandah in your photo Susan and the colours of the doors.

Brick homes have always been popular here too, although it varies throughout the country as to what the local 'vernacular' building material is - stone, granite, sandstone, flint and many more. They do say that you should be able to spot where a home is located by the material it is made of - although of course these days it is good old brick that is invariably used in new-builds.

I would love to see the finished article when the straw bale home is finished. Fascinating.

Jeanne
x

Patty said...

So cute, I love the pictures your chose for the story ;) especially the one with the white picket fence!

The Victorian Parlor said...

What a fun post! The hay bale house is very interesting:).

Blessings,

Kim

Lyn said...

Very thoughtful post!
Brick or stone? which do you prefer?
Love
Lyn
xxx