It’s the time of the year when I start tracking light; sunshine. What part of Buxton Farm is she shining for the longest amount of time? Important to note. Fortunately, we were able to place our mobile studio in that spot here at Buxton. It makes for comfortable afternoons when it’s cold because the farmhouse gets only morning sun.
This week I was reminded of all the years I’ve spent chasing the sun. I moved across the country to feel her warm embrace! Living in southern California you almost forget what clouds look like.
As a child, my sister and I would stand outside on cold cloudy blustery winter days waiting for the school bus to come. Oh how I longed for sweet sunshine those mornings. Where was she hiding?
I’m almost afraid to admit it,but in high school my sister and I also skipped school to lay out! As soon as spring announced her arrival, we tracked the weather, completed important assignments ahead of schedule, lathered our bodies in johnsons baby oil, got our lounge chairs out, and baked.
We just couldn’t wait to feel the relief in our frigid bones. Nothing worked as quickly as the penetrating warmth of mother sun!
Sunscreen wasn’t invented yet, at least not in our neck of the woods.
I track the sun these days because I’m interested in passive solar design. Michael and I look forward to designing another mobile structure. It will be based on passive solar principles. There’s nothing like a comfortable home. Sitting in the sun reading a book in a comfortable home can win the day, don’t you think? The good thing about where we are in our lives is that we’ve lived in so many old poorly designed places, it’s impossible for us to (not) think outside the box.
We’ve moving closer and closer to Winter Solstice. I love this time of the year because of the light. It’s a time a reflection, a time of giving thanks and gaining perspective for another wonderful year just around the corner. It’s getting cold but on days when the sweet sun radiates her warmth, I’m reminded of how wonderful live is!