Sunday, March 30, 2008

Of stones and sheep



In yesterday's post I mentioned the use of stones as a building material for fences and walls out in nature. The first of the present pictures shows a small stone cabin that was used for keeping cattle. As you can see, it is mostly built of the stone found ambient in the area, but it also has a roof made out of turf. Roofs made out of turfs were very common in Norway at the time when this cabin was built.

This one is restored and is at situated at Lyngheisenteret (at present without its own WEB-site) north of Bergen. It is dedicated to displaying and preserving the nature and cultivating of the moors that once dominated the western part of Norway.

Outhouse Capital of Canada asked yesterday if we kept sheep in Norway. We do - in the summer somewhat more than 2 millions of them graze the Norwegian grass. Here represented by one of them.

Considering that Norway has about 4.5 million inhabitants, that is not too bad.

22 comments:

dot said...

Wow that's a lot of sheep! Interesting post.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What's old is new again, Rune. Turf roofs are being built again, even in cities like Toronto. They're called "green roofs" now because they are good for the environment: help clean air of pollution, and help insulate homes from extreme heat and cold.

I find stone buildings, walls and foundations very appealing.

lv2scpbk said...

That looks like it would be cool inside in the summer. Nice photo.

Petunia said...

Vet ikke hva jeg gleder meg mest til nå..grønt gress og sommer i fjellet der man ikke kan unngå å møte på en og annen ulldott - eller fårikål og smalahove på høstsiden med all kosen rundt det:)For ikke å snakke om pinnekjøttet til jul:)
Snart middag her så jeg er litt sulten;)

detroit dog said...

Your vision of Norway seems that it is a very content and peaceful nation. I like that.

That is an excellent ratio of sheep to people! I met someone about 20 years ago that gave himself the mission of traveling the world to photograph sheep! He had the most beautiful photos of sheep in New Zealand, France, USA -- everywhere.

Dick said...

Yes a lot sheep but they have a large area. I like your pictures.

Katney said...

Another post that illustrates why I have chosen your blogs for an E for Excellence award. Actually, the Bridges between... is a key element of my reasoning, but I am announcing it to you here because here more is English for my understanding.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the first photo, we have something like that here and i think they were called potato cellars. Need to think about taking a photo of one. I love sheep, my uncle used to raise them.

Max-e said...

I have always found those Norwegan structures with the turf roofs interesting. Nice photos as usual Runee. I also did not realise that Norway was such a big sheep farming country

Old Wom Tigley said...

It is very refreshing to see this building being preserved so.
Great post..

Kerri said...

Wow! Great images! I think it would be neat to have a turf roof!
And I LOVE the sheep!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

We're starting to see a few turf roofed buildings dotted about here - not always very success though, if there is a drought.

Annie said...

Things I love - sheep, stones, grassy roofs and snow. You have the best of life right there, RuneE.

AVCR8TEUR said...

The cabin looks cool, but with no windows. I guess the sheeps don't mind the dark. That sheep has his or her eye on you.

quintarantino said...

Interesting post and very nice photos.
Also liked the photo of the rocks on previous post.

Suzi-k said...

oh I LOVE this place, it is so cute! I have always loved the idea of turf roofs, if I ever got a chance to build my dream house, it would be on a slope with a river or the sea in front, and built freeform from cob (clay mixed with straw) in a sort of sculptured Moroccan look, but with turf roof! yes...yes.. I know, I am still an overgrown hippie at heart!

Gordon said...

Great photos as always; interesting facts too.

I just checked Australia's sheep numbers; in mid 2007 we had about 90 million sheep - and about 20 million people. Our sheep numbers have dropped in recent years; there were 180 million in 1990.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

Looking at that picture reminds me of Ireland with that lush vegetation and not cropped short by sheep, I found that in the west of ireland, farmers now rear cattle instead of sheep and the fields get chopped up with the heavy animals in wet fields.
I also saw turf roofs in ireland.

Ida said...

Fantastisk flotte bilder Rune! :)
God Norgesreklame. ;)

Oswegan said...

Great cabin. I have seen pictures of such structures in Ireland.

fishing guy said...

RuneE: What a wonderful picture of the stone cabin. I love the sod on the roof. I'm sure it makes good insulation.

randi K design said...

Nydelig, nydelig, nydelig, ...hjemlengsel......!!!