I just received this photograph of the family homestead in Ireland. It is being allowed to “go back to the land.” The brush and the trees are over-claiming it, and soon it will be completely devoured by nature.
My sister-in-law took pictures of the homestead on her last trip to Ireland. What a difference two decades have made to the image that is in my blog header.
The property has been abandoned for many years; I’m not even sure who now owns it. All I was told is that this is the Irish way of doing things- to let the buildings go back to the land.
When people are no longer around to be caretakers, man-made things crumble and deteriorate. As the trees and brush surrounding this house continue to grow, they will erode the wood and plaster that once made up the roof, the beams, the walls, and the floors of this humble abode. The house will return to its previous life- as a part of nature.
The process reminds me of the burial prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that is said as the earth is ceremoniously cast upon the coffin. The celebrant prays, “… and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes; dust to dust.“ Basically, man came from dust and he will return to dust when he dies. And so it will be with this homestead….