Hunker |ˈhə ng kər|
• take shelter in a defensive position
We’re thinking of hunkering down now.
The days are still warm but there are leaves on the lawn nowadays and the mornings and evenings are CHILLY!
I’m not prepared to bring all of the toys in to the garage for the Winter just yet as I absolutely believe there are many weeks left to play with them outside. Although I may introduce a leaf rake as a toy and hope the twins pick up on the hint.
I’ve also been making progress on my dining room. I’m trying to get it almost finished in time for our Halloween party on the 27th of October as this is where I’ll serve the food.
I’m getting there, sort of. The window at the end of the room has almost been transformed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and, apart from the edges, the walls have almost all been painted. The top of the table now has an undercoat on it and I am going to top it off with some Farrow & Ball floor paint as I want a smooth and hard wearing finish to it.
I’ve hung some ill fitting muslin curtains as an experiment. I wanted to see what it did to the huge amount of light that comes in to this space. I’m pleased with result, a soft diffused light that actually makes it brighter but in a more heavenly way, if that makes any sense at all. As opposed to simply being drowned in harsh sunlight bouncing off of glass.
And at the same time I am creating corners and deciding on a look and feel that I can play with constantly according to the occasion, season and mood.
Spiders webs line the tops of the window frames which reminds me that they are all heading inside as we speak. They trouble me when I don’t expect to see them but I can usually cope with them. What I can’t cope with is just how filthy the windows are. I blame weeks and weeks of rain and then an absolute refusal to be cleaning the windows when the sun finally did come out.
But there’s something about a change in season that also changes my opinion of certain jobs and tasks. Where I once would have seen cleaning the windows a waste of time, much preferring to be on the grass or in the paddling pool with my kids, I now see it as part of the hunkering down process.
And it is a process.
Our clothing begins to alter, we think about bringing logs in to make sure they are completely dry in time for the first fire and I go in to lighting overdrive. Lighting is important to me in these months, so yesterday was spent distributing candles and candle holders just in case some of them wish to be lit in the coming weeks.
I’m seeing this house as a protective cover, one that will keep us safe and warm until we can once again run free in the sun in nothing but our denim cut-offs, t-shirts and nappies.
Nine days ago this was us…..
Will we get another just as warm, god, I hope so!
But, there’s the temptation to listen to radio 3 in the morning again as it’s just a leeeeeetle bit cosy and yesterday my son wore a sweater!!!! This is a boy who has a very big problem with wearing anything and I’m rather convinced he will emigrate to become a tropical fish of sorts simply so he won’t have to wear a stitch. But he looked delicious nonetheless.
* exhale *
Ahhhhhhhh, I hope you’re well. I hope everything you could ever want or wish for is appearing in your life right now. If I could sum up my entire mood right now it would be contemplative excitement. I am expecting peace in my home and I am expecting goodness and hilarity. Of course I’m going to give those things away first because that is simply the way it works.
And I’m looking forward to it.
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