Archive for January, 2014

life in the cob house

We have been living in the cob house for almost two months already!  I don’t quite have the words to describe what it has been like for me to be back in this cozy space, with my family.  I love this house, and all its beauty and gentleness.  Being here brings me so much joy, and a centered feeling that comes partly from reconnecting with a place I poured so much of my energy into, and partly from the qualities of the house.  The curves of the cob walls, the texture of the plaster, the warmth of the wood.  These natural materials are just so comforting!

So far we have been comfortable in this little space.  The wood stove works well and heats up the house, although our winters here are fairly mild.  The earthen floor and cob are a lot of cold, cold thermal mass, though, and if we are gone for a couple of days then the house takes longer to warm up once we get a fire going.  I think the properties of cob are most appreciated here during the intensity of our endless summers, when the temperatures can become quite miserable.  Then the cool floors and walls are refreshing, but for now we wear slippers!

Some pictures of my cozy little hobbit house:

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