Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The $25 Log House

Last weekend we attended a family reunion in Saskatchewan. While there we took the opportunity to pay a visit to our farm. We don't get out here too often as it is a 6 hour drive, and my brother looks after managing the rental of the farm. My two brothers and I own it. 
The road to the farm from the main road has now become just a packed mud trail, and since it hadn't rained, we were okay for the drive. We were quite surprised to see how much the trees had grown up around the buildings.
My parents had this log home built when they were married in 1937, at a grand cost of $25 for labor. The logs were free. To chink the walls, a mixture of clay, horsehair, and some other ingredient which I can't recall,possibly lime, were mixed together and the space between the logs were filled and the exterior smoothed so the walls appeared flat.
The house was occupied in two periods, for a total of about 6 years, ending in 1949.
Of course, the outside plastering has now worn off  but surprisingly, in spite of being exposed to the elements, the stairs are solid, and the interior plaster is still intact. Not bad, for a $25 home!


Cindy said...

What a sweet little place. Amazing that it is still is such great shape. Too bad houses don't last that well these days. Great photos!
Hugs, Cindy S

Anonymous said...

What a charming little place and what precious memories. Thanks for sharing these photos Millie.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

A charming little place, Millie! Thanks for sharing the photos.