For some crazy reason, I decided to participate in the Expat Blog Challenge being hosted by my fellow expat Cristin, an American in Sydney, who blogs over at In an Opal Hearted Country. Rather than my usual two to three posts a week, I’ll be writing every day during the month of February (in theory). Blog challenges are fun and a good way to get into the habit of writing daily as well as discovering new blogs from others participating in the challenge. So, here we go. Today’s prompt is: the view from where I write.
This is where the magic happens – a laptop sitting on a little vintage school desk in the spare bedroom. There are necessary items around such as a lamp, a fan, my phone and tablet, and water. You might notice there’s a window and you might guess there’s a view. You’d be right, normally there is. Every day, I’d pull the blinds up and let the sun in. I look out on to the side of the house and our wooden fence, some yucca plants, and my bluestone altar. I watch little spiders weave complex webs among the leaves of the plants and Common Myna birds sit on the fence.
Our 1926 bungalow doesn’t have central cooling or heating. In winter, the fireplace warms up the house some, I wear about six layers of clothing, and go to bed with a hot water bottle. In summer, when the heatwave hits, I suffer. We try to keep the house cool by covering up the windows, keeping the scorching sun out and the cool air in. Recently, my partner Theo picked up a little mobile air conditioning unit, which you can see at the right of the desk. While it’s not powerful enough to cool the entire house, it’s perfect for the spare bedroom where I spend much of my day working. It’s not properly installed yet and the window is covered from the outside to keep the sun out. So, for the time being, I have no view outside. The view inside is pleasant, however.
That’s Sam. He’s a Kelpie, an Australian sheep dog. While Theo is at work, he tends to stay nearby keeping me company.
How’s the view from you work?