Over the past few months, I’ve been doing more and more thinking about building a house for my son and myself. At first I started off Googling log cabins, because I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of living in one. But research on that quickly turned up information on straw-bale construction – something I’d heard very little about. Basically, you stack bales of straw (not hay; there is a difference) on top of each other in whatever shape you desire, plaster over the whole thing inside and out, and you have a house! Needless to say, I fell in love with the idea πŸ˜€ Straw is a very renewable resource – in fact, this is a good way to get rid of something that is often burned or sent to landfills. FYI – straw is the stalk left behind after grain (wheat or rice are two common ones) is harvested; hay is grasses which are fed to animals.

Well, in doing more research on straw-bale construction, I turned up cob construction. “What in the world is cob?”, I hear you asking. Cob is a mix of straw, sand, clay and water, shaped into mini-loaves (where the name comes from, old English word), and then stacked/shaped into whatever form you might want it to take! (Kinda like building with adobe bricks, but you’re not waiting on the bricks to dry before you begin building.) Again, very natural, very renewable, and once again, I’m smitten.

Now I’m torn; I’ve fallen in love with two different types of building, each with their own pro’s and con’s, but I don’t really want to choose between the two. And then I find out I don’t have to! Some wonderful soul(s) has figured out that straw-bale and cob are wonderfully complimentary types of construction, and you get the benefits of both by combining the two πŸ˜€ Yippee! So I’m (eventually) gonna build a bale-cob house.

In continuing perusing the wonderful web looking for more and more information on straw-bale and cob, it turns out that many of the people who use these natural forms of building also live sustainably and self-sufficiently. In other words, they homestead. I’m liking this idea too, and this one I can get started on immediately – all I have to do is plant a garden!

So I’m Pursuing Liberty by slowly – but surely – switching my lifestyle to one that relies less on others and more on the abilities God has given me. I’ll grow more of my own food, make or buy things that can be reused, use less electricity where possible, and eventually hope to produce my own through solar panels. In short, I want to be a better steward of this Earth that God has provided us with πŸ™‚