Friday, April 26, 2013

SUNSHINE And Our Old Home

Waking up to sunshine is the essence of my life. I know I was born on a Sunday and it probably was a sunny Sunday. Without sun I feel the day is not worth much. Probably the reason why I became a snowbird.
1-DSC_0462 1-DSC_0457
A bright day on Campobello
So today we have plenty sunshine. What sunshine does to the colours is amazing. Ever been out on an overcast day in autumn and suddenly the sun broke through? At once the colours sprang to life. A bright orange appeared where there was a brownish leaf before. The dark green moss on the ground was lightening up to a vivid bright green.
1-DSC_0459 1-DSC_0458
Even the old gnome is smiling over the sunshine

In the extreme north, where Sunshine during the winter becomes rare, humans are developing symptoms of depression. In northern Norway they have light studios, where people can be exposed to a very bright light. It helps the body to overcome bouts of depression.

”The Guardian” has an article about why cloudy skies are not good for our health.
1-DSC_0464 1-DSC_0461
An old German radio – not functioning and very old doorways are part of our home

Sunshine flowing through windows is also something I like very much. Our house gets a much friendlier face in the sun. Living in that old house from 1903 has been a pure pleasure for us. I never enjoyed modern-style homes very much. I like the fact that there is a history in a house. The thought of what might have been going on within these walls many decades ago is fascinating to me. If we look around, so much in our world is constantly changing at record speed. Living in a home that hasn’t changed much is the opposite of what we see in our daily lives.
1-DSC_0467 1-DSC_0466
There was a time during the sixties and seventies that most people didn’t have much appreciation of old houses. During my 25 years in Norway I have seen a lot of architectural vandalism. I saw perfectly stabile and solid log homes be abandoned and be replaced by ugly square “cardboard” houses. This “new style” sprang from a growing economy where people thought that “modern” was good and that they had to show the world that they too could afford a new home. Values of a tremendous scope got lost.

Fortunately, a new renaissance  has changed that. Today we again have a sense of historical value. We buy old-style windows, surround our home with an old-style porch. We go to flea markets and find antique furniture which will fit into our home.

It has made me happy to see this change come along.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, Peter, I feel the same way, about the sun and old houses. I can't say I have always felt the same tho at one time, I probably liked the shiny and new but as I approached the middle of my life everything old took on charm and value in my eyes. I have gone so far as to luv and appreciate my little vintage trailer and have a hard time thinking of changing to a newer modern version. If I have to buy new..... I'll figure out a way to make it charming and looking vintage!

  2. Older homes have so much more character than the new ones. We had a brand new home built just before we took off. It was always so cold and never had the warmth. Nothing is better than waking to sunshine!

  3. Sunshine on my pillow makes me happy - remember that song. That's how I feel. Love the sunshine. We had an old house in Montana and it was incredible.

  4. I can usually tell what time it is in the morning by the amount of light. I threw away my watch the day I retired. HA!

  5. Sunshine certainly wakes you up and gives you energy.
    I have renovated 7 very old houses, fixing up old windows and doors, and cleaning up antique furniture, so much character. Had one new home and it just felt so cold, not welcoming at all, no matter what we did.

  6. Great post! I agree with you both about the sunshine and value of old character homes. Paulette does a great job for us of collecting some nice old furniture and stuff at garage sales.


We like to hear from you. You can add your comment here: