ever since the baby became mobile–oh, a year ago!–i feel like i’ve been a little behind. he would gain a new skill, and i would scurry to move things to safer, higher ground. after a while i ran out of higher ground and just started tossing things onto the sunporch.
ah, the sunporch! it’s one of my favorite things about this house. it’s totally unfinished: no heat or insulation or even a door to close against the basement cold. but it has pretty windows and a door that closes it off from the main living spaces. i love that i can use it as a holding spot for items till they can get put away permanently. when we visited Devonshire years ago, we stayed in a house that had a similar space. they called it the conservatory. it had a woodstove, bookcases and greenery. it was where we took our tea and biscuits. it’s the place i think of almost every time i enter the sunporch, a place with potential even if you have to do some creative cropping to not see the extension cords and bird seed.
the children were in need of a place where they could work without Joseph having complete access to their needles and Sharpies. for a while now Nicolas has used a desk out on the porch as Playmobil Central. but that table was holding a lot more than just his toys. it’s almost cleared off now, and i added a table on the opposite side of the room for Mabel…it has a great view out the east facing windows. and Joe? he’s always moving, always getting into things.