Lately I have been looking into catalog houses, and examining what I can find on catalog houses (i.e., Sears Houses), and just any houses built like 1910 to 1940 that I just love, not just me but a lot of people, trying to understand more of why/how they are so much nicer than modern houses, so well-built. And I realized the solidness that I love, and the appeal comes from the wonderful, consistent, generous wood used everywhere, from the joists to the trim. Excellent trim work in the most humblest of houses! And wide-plank floors! Love them. Why don't we build like this any more? And no pesky knots showing through, later, after you have done a nice job painting new wood, like today. It was knotless wood, basically - they would refund you for every knot you found! Amazing! But then my nostalgia for these better-building days, and my hope that we could return to these old ways, was dampened when I realized this was due to the abundance of old growth wood available in America. And - it's no so available today. : (
So there is a story there. of not planning ahead, to log in a way that preserved our wonderful beauty in America. And same with farming these days. They are heavily pushing vegetarian diets - and is it Gates that came out to say we should ALL be eating fake beef?? Without cows we and the way we farm to produce all this grain and corn and soy we will be will continue to strip our land so that will will have one big dust bowl across America. Like the once fertile Nile. : ( We need cows!!! [All you have to do is feed the seaweed to get them to fart less) https://www.theguardian.com/environm...ons-scientists We really need to take better care of our earth!
So that made me think of my beloved Adirondacks - I wonder what it looked like before was logged?? Because my favorite places, when I look up their history, had a bald period. When it had just been logged. Nice for those who invested in the unappealing denuded land at a good price, because if they hung onto it, they (or their descendants) are enjoying the land now that the new growth has grown up a lot. So beautiful now - but how much more beautiful in the glory days before they logged out all the ancient growth?
Okay, done with my rant.