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nothing gives me more comfort or more anxiety than fire

Category: Books October 22nd, 2010 by mbc

Nothing quite draws your attention like an open fire…

Fire: nothing gives me more comfort or more anxiety than fire.

The fireplace has been subsumed by the TV, pushed out of the nest as by a cuckoo. People now comtemplate the TV, not the fire.
A fire only really comes into its own when it is genuinely needed – when the weather is so cold that you come in shivering, preferably red of nose, blue of cheek and perhaps white of toenail.

Life revolved around the fire and the kitchen range, and the coal cellar or woodshed. Think what we miss when we press buttons or flick switches or adjust thermostats – a whole world of mystery and delight.

Fire is by no means silent; it crackles wheezes, whistles.

Roger Deakin in Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, page 12.

If you enjoyed that post, then read these…

Logs
I’ve really enjoyed Roger Deakin’s ‘Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees’, the book takes you on a gentle journey, part biography, part manifesto, part travelogue.

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the things done on not enough money…
I’ve been poring over Roger Deakin’s Notes from Walnut Tree Farm again.

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a mosaic of cut log ends…
Whilst the interiors of this barn conversion in Austria are a little too coldly architectural for my liking, I love this external wall.

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