|We used a window frame on the fence in our back yard. Only once did I get climbing yellow nasturtiums to crawl up the side.|
THERE WAS a British author, now deceased, whose writings I appreciated hugely. In one of his books, "The Thatched Roof" Beverley Nichols wrote this of windows:
"To me, all windows are magic casements. Whether they are bright or dim, whether they give onto green lawns or blink at barren bricks, or are shaded or sparkling, the life I see through them has a sweeter pattern. There is something terrifying about the wide spaces which the eye enfolds in the open air; and there are times in a man's life when he must always be darting his head from this side to that, watching from the corner of his eye to assure himself that the Enemy is not creeping towards him from the dim distance. But when he looks at life through a window he is safe.
Safe! And master of his own world. For with a tilt of the head, a cloud is banished, a green branch dances into view, the church steeple lifts its grey finger in the foreground and the picture is perfect. A step to the side of the room, and the view through the window is utterly different, though no less delicious. For now the steeple is gone, and three poplars take its place; the hill gives way to a valley, the sky is a deeper blue and across the foreground a swallow flutters, like a swift line in India ink from the pen of a Japanese artist.
Windows! Perhaps it is a weakness to wish, so often, to remain behind them, to draw the curtains, just a little, to frame the raggedness of life. And yet.......I am not sure. At least I know this......that it is better to gaze through a small frame, clearly, than to walk the open road with a downcast head."
|When we had a house we awakened to this view each morning.|
Sometimes it's fun to be outside, looking in. And I'll admit to enjoying the sight of lit windows at night, but I'm a little ashamed to admit that.
The only thing I relish about going to the doctor is the view of the valley from his waiting room window.
Mr. Bob created six stained glass panels for the shutters that covered our kitchen windows. We brought them with us to the Manor, but are stumped about how to use them.
What a task to clean such a large window before opening time.
I'm ever grateful that I've never lived where bars on the windows were necessary.
I've never had much luck growing indoor plants. This was one of my attempts, but it didn't last long. The lighting is better where we live now.
This photo of a window overlooking San Francisco,
courtesy of Chris Humphrey.