The light in the house has been amazing over the past few weeks with the winter sun coming right in and bathing the floors with colour and warmth. The winter solstice sun was a real treat.
I'm really pleased with the new cover on the terrace. The angle of the shaded part and the clear covering are doing what they're designed to do - allow the sun into the house to warm the floor and furniture in winter and keep it out in the summer.
We cut the Acacia tree at the back of the house right back to let in more light, I'm so pleased we didn't destroy it when we were digging out the site. It gives a lot of shade in summer and it smells lovely when it's in flower.
After the wonderful sunny spell, we've had some much-needed rain. So, for the past week or so, we've been planning the extension. We've designed the back kitchen, which I'll use to dye my wool and where we can cook the pigs' and dogs' food and we've made a few decisions about seating and working areas. We've changed two windows (We'll change the plans once we've chosen the windows) and completed the design for the layout of water, heating and staircases.
We're still working out how to get the maximum of natural light into the extension. The solar orientation isn't as good as the original part of the house. We need a lot of light for working with the yarn and it's so cheerful when the house is light and warm in the middle of winter.