With the kids all back to school and a definite crispness in the air, summer is gradually drawing to a close. Yes, it went down to down to 5 degrees Celsius last night and the days are numbered for sleeping in our summer bedroom. That is always a sad event for me because that is my most favourite room in our house.
This is an old-fashioned addition onto the back of a red brick house built in 1923. You have to walk through the regular bedroom and take one step down through a door to get to it, my "outer sanctum"! There is a cottage feel to it, decorated in French Country yellow, blue and white, with beautiful wide pine floors. It is totally windows all the way around with a door that opens onto a balcony big enough for two deck chairs and a small table. It seems like you are in a treehouse because our huge maple tree is right at eye level! For a small room, it is the most quaint and inviting room I've ever had!
In the heat of mid-summer, we have all the windows open and two fans going full speed. As the calendar flips over to August, we bring the fans down and start adjusting to the cooler night time temperatures by closing half the windows. (There are nine windows and each has two parts that can be opened and closed separately.) September is here and most of the windows are totally shut. The sheets have been changed to flannel...sigh.....
It is so hard to close up this room.......it represents the freedom and open spaces of summer we never want to relinquish. Both of us hang onto it like a dog with a t-bone until finally, we have to let go. The closing date is always Hallowe'en night! By then we have had a small heater out there for a few weeks. We snuggle into our cosy bed for the last hurrah of this special summer room and feel like two bears hunkering down in their dens to hibernate.
Distant dreams of a fabulous summer lull us to sleep.
Mother of Invention, thinking I'd better enjoy this room for the next few weeks!