Who does not want to be a part of a fantasy? Since the time we start imagining as a little child, our thoughts and ideas are full of fairy tale fantasies—little girls spend their daytimes visualizing about Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage while young boys enthusiastically chase the evil dragon with their wood sticks, in their valorous efforts to save the magnificent princess in distress! We have all done this, enjoyed it and truly lived it in our heads, but somewhere we all grew up to discard these imaginations as trivial since we all had to face stark realities while growing up. But there is still comfort in thoughts like these, in these inconsequential imaginations, which is why we teach our children to imagine in the same way—the possibilities become broader in the world of fairytales, people are much nicer, the evil is conquerable and the distressed always emerges out with happiness in the end with his or her inner courage. If we observe closely, real life is not much different, although the magic dust in real life is known as hard work and perseverance!
Your compromise with the literal concept of the fairytales is understandable but no one said you must take it out of your world altogether! You can still keep a bit of the fairytale and fantasy in your life in the form of your home—your home, your safe haven, can be like the castle you once daydreamed about as a child. If you think that it is childish and not possible then we would like to introduce you to Simon Dale, a man from Wales, Britain who is still keeping the fairytale alive for himself and his family.
Simon built a home that is not just a dream home for himself but is also ecological friendly. His passion for environmental issues led him to build a house with his own two hands, with the material that has low impact on nature. The two reasons that he gives for building an out-of-the-league house like this is his own need to follow his dreams and aspirations and also to contribute towards saving the earth from the increasing ecological cataclysm.
The tools and techniques that he used to build this house were quite simple–he used chainsaw to cut down some 30 trees but made sure that no old trees were destroyed; he mainly just used tools like shovel, hammer and chisel and completed the whole project in just 4 months time. He is not an experienced architect, engineer and carpenter but with diligence he made the whole house from the scratch with wood, stone, straw and sod. The home, built on a piece of land that Simon attained in exchange of caretaking of the land, is heated with a wood fireplace and has a solar panel for power. It is an eco-friendly dwelling with a compost toilet, straw for insulation, and a refrigerator that’s cooled with air that flows from under the foundation.
It looks like Hobbit’s home with a beautiful and exotic entrance, like one directly from Hansel and Gretel’s story. The living room is splendid with its wooden detailing, low tree branch roof, fire place on the side and well lit with candles and yellow light bulbs. The house is furnished with revamped material but instead of giving it a cheap and washed out look, it is giving the whole setting an arty and inventive feel. And what is the most amazing part of all this is it just cost Simon $4,700 to build the whole house.
Simon’s effort in helping the planet to become more self sustainable and balanced does not just stop with his own fairytale house. He is currently working for building a home for Lammas Project—a project that resonates with his own beliefs and way of life. The project is involved with the construction of low impact buildings, housings and gardens; the organization is also dedicated towards planting more trees and encouraging low impact living.
He explains his involvement with building a house for Lammas project as something that reverberates with his own ethics. He says that to build something in an ecological manner is just one part of the ‘in cooperation’ approach, one has to adopt a way of living that is in harmony with the nature and with other human beings as well. This includes, using as less complicated things to sustain life as possible, living a simple life and making sure that the usage of technology is not excessive. Simon thinks that the attempt that Lammas, and organizations like Lammas, is making is to provide people with affordable housing, allowing them to have an access to land and with the opportunity to lead simpler, sustainable lives.
Simon lives in the fairytale cottage with his beautiful wife Jessica, who helped him a great deal in making their home, and two boys; he lives his life on high ideals and works hard to pursue them and his ultimate goal is to protect our earth which is in grave distress and danger of falling apart soon—does all of this ring a bell? Simon is living in a fairytale; every aspect of his life ascertains that his life is an enchanted story—he has a castle (his beautiful, self-made dwelling in the nature), he is blessed with love and harmony and he is working towards saving the damsel in distress, which is our beloved earth in this scenario! So whoever said that we cannot live in fairytales as an adult?! If you too crave for a life full of imagination, inventiveness and ideals then follow his footsteps and make that first move towards living your dreams. You can start with building a fairytale home for yourself, just the way you imagine it to be, and who knows, after that your life will become full of magic and happiness!