What a miserable winter it’s been. I don’t know about elsewhere in the world but here in Somerset, it’s been cold, grey, windy and invariably rainy. Even a few years ago, there was a little excitement on the cards when it would snow, so we’d get to have snowball fights and make snowmen. Although the perilous road conditions aren’t missed at all. But nope – not a snifter of snow for the last three years. Now, all we get is howling wind turning the bins upside down and rain getting into EVERYTHING.
Fortunately, springtime is nearly upon us and it can’t come soon enough – but this brings with it a bit of a quandary here in the West Country. The increasingly bright and sunny days are most welcome but, by around 2pm during weekdays, they’ve actually become a problem…
The issue is that the sun becomes so intense at the front of our house that it shines through Ross’ office window and, for at least 90 minutes, makes working incredibly uncomfortable. Given that he works at a desktop computer, Ross’ options are to turn his back to the light and not be able to see his computer screen or to turn his screen around and have the light shining directly in his eyes. Neither is a great option!
I’m slightly luckier in that my office is upstairs and shielded from the sun by the treeline but, still, there is a window of time where the blessed sunlight becomes more of a hindrance than a help.
The solution is shutters – like those supplied by S:Craft – which are versatile, good looking and low-maintenance, allowing us to control what we let in (and out!) of our windows. S:Craft’s range of shutters are sturdy, stylish, and available in a huge variety of materials and colours to suit all spaces and tastes. For those who have trouble sleeping – or if you work the night shift – they even offer an integrated room darkening blind with their Antigua range.
Another option is curtains but these aren’t as practical as shutters since a/ our cat loves to get on the windowsill and has been known to get caught up in curtains, causing panic and considerable damage, and b/ whether closed or open, curtains simply don’t look as clean, crisp and classy as a nice set of shutters.
Also, unless you get them very specifically made, curtains will either hang too short or, most likely, too long. It’s not the end of the world but it’s not as perfect a look as a made-to-measure set of blinds which, by their nature, fit the space required like the proverbial glove.
Elsewhere in the house, we’ve found that having blinds and shutters are invaluable, especially in the conservatory where summertime light was seeping in later in the evenings which is great when chatting over dinner but not so good when squinting to work out what’s happening on the television (and rather takes away from the dramatic tension of The Walking Dead…!)
Similarly, and revisiting the beginning of this article, when the weather is dismal outside, it’s nice to be able to visually shut it out. Who wants to see sleeting rain hammering against the windows and wind blowing your garden trinkets all over the place? Not me, that’s for sure! Again, curtains will *do* but unless you’ve got the thickest material, the howling winds of winter will agitate the cloth and give an indication of how bad the weather is outside. Blinds shut it all out securely, allowing your home to again become a safe haven of peace and quiet.
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