There is something solid, reassuring, and pleasurable in the simplest things we were once surrounded by. Natural things that took form from the feel of a man’s hand. (Or a woman’s.) I’d like to share with you some images from my recent return to the Baltic Island of Gotland, where several of the Saga books are set. Ancient stone walls crisscross the countryside, and are mended with care to maintain them. Firewood is stacked to dry by folk today just as their ancestors did.
There is beauty and sanity in such work. Sometimes we need a return to the comfort these things provide. Perhaps looking at what I came across will give you a few moments of pleasure, and welcome grounding.