G r ø d a l a n d s t u n e t | You know those places you keep returning to just to make sure they're still there? To me, this old farm is one of those places. It's a typical coastal farm on my native shores, where people have made a living through generations by farming, fishery, kelping and shipwrecks. This is the oldest of two dwellings on the farm. The original part of it date back to 1715, and it was extended twice, in 1791 and 1848. It was inhabited up until the Second World War.
Timber from stranded ships can be seen throughout the house. This was very common on these windswept, treeless shores, where ship timber was auctioned off as much needed building materials. From the west facing windows there are stunning views to the sea, where the coastal farmer spent a considerable amount of time fishing.
This beautiful space, 'stova' (the living room), was orientated towards the ocean in the west. The ocean was an important part of the livelihood of the inhabitants but was also a great source of concern when the weather played up. The Jærhouses opened up to the west, this is where the largest windows were. The west facing windows in this house have traces of shutters. In 1705 a new law was introduced, which demanded black- outs after dark to prevent ships from mistaking lit windows for beacons.
Stova was an all purpose room where all the daily domestic activities took place, where the family had all their meals and where they slept. Notice the box bed to the right, which was used by the farmer and his wife. The room was heated by an iron stove, 'bileggeren', which was fuelled with peat from the kitchen hearth. These iron stoves came to Jæren early, already in the 1600s, which shows us that the area had regular contact with the outside world. Buying one was a big investment, but they were ideal for burning peat and were widespread on this coast.