It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. By John Burroughs.
Winter has finally arrived to County Mayo, making it quite cold and frosty these last few mornings. However the winter sun shines low into the cottage striking the crystals I have hang at the windows which in turn casts heart cheering colourful patterns across floors and walls.
Haremooncottage was built at the latter end of the eighteenth hundreds and a great deal can be learnt from observation of traditional methods of house site layout which were more integrated within the landscape. This cottage was built with careful thought and use of the natural landscape. The house is sited in a hollow using the hillside for shelter with the gable to the west which reduces exposure to the worst effects of the westerly wind and rain and not as many more modern house that are placed on highest points. The cottage faces south and by this simple orientation the cottage maximises the sun’s free energy
The low winter sun penetrating through the front door, living room and into the kitchen this morning is helping to reduce my fuel consumption and is creating a brighter home.