Room with a view

Lately, the weather has been wind, rain, storm, sun, repeat. From my desk, in the angle between two windows, I see the changing sky and how the wind and rain set the air in motion. Each evening, the wind drops, the sun comes out and I can hear the birds rather than the wind sighing. Straight ahead, I look west.

from west window.jpg

and over my left shoulder, I look out of the south-facing window.


from south window

and if I go to the south window and look right, this is what I see.


south window looking west.jpg

The sky and the trees are in constant movement, but I love the peace that falls at the end of the day.


calm as a still lake

at dusk when swans roost and

only nightingales

make the air tremble with

their ceaseless song



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

43 thoughts on “Room with a view”

      1. Think that’s where I heard the name. I’ve only ever seen her in that so I’ve no idea what she looks like really. Or, at least I assume she was wearing a lot of makeup…

  1. Yay, you posted them! I love that meadow–I imagine it can be hypnotic to watch the stalks swaying.
    It’s funny, but I’ve never thought of swans roosting. I guess I’ve only seen them in or about water. 🙂

    1. I think maybe they sleep on the water sometimes. Not sure.
      I often think something has dashed in front of the window and it’s just the wind catching a grass stalk. Some of it’s over six feet high now.

    1. Ha ha! It’s the mechanism that closes the shutters on the inside. I looked it up and the English calls is a trammel. It’s like a cross between a door knocker and a latch.

      1. Yup. I haven’t worked out how, but when you slot the two pieces together in a particular way (or randomly jiggling them in my case), it locks so you can’t flip it open from the outside.

      2. I do. I appreciate both pure functionality and elaborate design. It’s the naff in-between stuff that’s so tragic, like pvc doors with neo-georgian fanlights…

      3. Oh, I see now. At first it looked as if it was some machinery outside the house. I thought it operated a well at first. It’s just a handle on a window.

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