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I came home from Europe a few years ago, full of ideas – garden ideas.
Of course the Mathematician was thrilled with these amazing ideas 🙂 but to his credit he came on board with the plans for the sunroom in the garden. Our climate here is just perfect for this garden addition.
Finding Zen in the garden
My zen place in the garden is my sunroom. I can see the garden, the paddocks with the sheep wandering around, I can hear the birds calling and watch the sunlight play through the trees. Our garden has certainly changed over the years!! We also have 18 acres of paddocks around us, a forest we can walk in just outside the back fence and a vineyard next door so it’s a lovely place to find some calmness in our lives.
Finding the ‘right’ sunroom
After some research we found a sunroom in kit form, made from polycarbonate panels, not glass. We ordered it and when it arrived I had the thought that it was just as well the Mathematician enjoyed doing puzzles, because it was exactly like putting together a jigsaw puzzle!
We had spent some time observing the trajectory of the sun during the day and had decided on the placement, in the back garden on a bit of an angle. The kit went up over a few days with some minor issues. I was useful holding the ladder and offering appropriately encouraging and soothing words. The furniture, consisting of a daybed, cane chairs and colourful cushions were moved in days later and the paving was done a few weeks after that. It all came together so well!
The sunroom has had a variety of uses in the five years we’ve had it – a pool room, an entertainment room, a retreat, a garden area but mainly it’s just a delightful area in which to relax in. Any breeze is immediately cutout when inside with the doors shut, it’s a cosy zen-like world. In summer it gets far too hot to be in it but in spring, autumn and winter it’s fabulous!
In all weathers
Storm damage in February 2019
A ferocious storm nearly ruined the sunroom in February 2019, with panels blown out and the structure twisted and damaged, but luckily the Mathematician was able to reconnect all the bits. We’ve since decided to remove the garden area inside, as it gets too hot to keep anything alive, especially over summer. I may get some artificial plants in the future to brighten it up, but I’ve moved back in and taken up residence again 🙂
So when I want to relax, take in the nature, read, have a cup of tea, chat with friends, listen to music, chill out, blog…. this is where I go. We have power, wifi, blankets and a heater when needed, so it’s literally an all weather room out in the garden – and I love it!
It is light, comfortable, and about 25-30 degrees celcius in the middle of a winter’s day, whereas the outside temperature may be anything from 2-15 degrees. I love having this space to escape to. Please note I’m not a sloth, I do move around and don’t spend all day everyday on the day bed as you might imagine from reading my words 🙂
If you’d like to join me, you know where to find me 🙂 Hola!!
Do you have something like this? Or would you like one?
I know I’m very lucky!!
It was a comment I left on a post of Denyse’s last week that inspired this post about my sunroom, so it’s only fitting that I’m linking up to Denyse’s #Lifethisweek, Min’s Zen Tip Tuesday #ztt and Esme’s Senior Salon
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