It is a bit of a puzzle as to the reason the log and rock are placed in front of the gate. I suppose the first thing to explore is, which way does the gate open?” If the gate moves outward, then what is being kept within?
That dear Watson invites another mystery to explore.
If the gate moves inward, the gate is not a barrier so does it open both in and out? If so, then I assume the log and rock are meant to keep the gate from extending outward?
“Life may be brimming over with experiences, but somewhere, deep inside, all of us carry a vast and fruitful loneliness wherever we go. And sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”
~ Etty Hilleson, Trans: A Pomerans, In Interrupted Life The Diaries of Etty Hillesum. pg. 78