Wednesday, March 9, 2011

sauntering and rambling

Thoreau's cabin on Walden Pond measured 10' x 15' and cost $28.12 to build. He lived there for two years, two weeks, and two days. 
It was furnished with a bed, a table, a small desk and lamp, and three chairs — “one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
The above are reproductions of the cabin that you can visit. The original was moved to a farm, used to store grain and gradually destroyed as its parts were used for other buildings. 

This is a picture of the original desk where he wrote Walden. It's at the Concord Museum where you aren't supposed to take pictures but I snuck this one with my camera phone. It's a wonderful shade of green.

I was thinking about Thoreau today when I went for a good walk for the first time in ages because it's been snowy and icy for months. In the essay Walking, Thoreau wrote : "I have met but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks,--who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering..." I love the word saunter. And also ramble. 

1 comment:

  1. I love learning stuff like this! Thanks for sharing.....

    Take care,